Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom (Paperback)

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This study ranks the American states according to how their public policies affect individual freedoms in the economic, social, and personal spheres. Updating, expanding, and improving upon the five previous editions of Freedom in the 50 States, the 2021 edition examines state and local government intervention across a wide range of policy categories--from tax burdens to court systems, from eminent domain laws to occupational licensing, and from homeschooling regulation to drug and vaping policy. The authors have also included a new section that analyzes how state COVID-19 responses have affected freedom since the pandemic began. By discussing significant policy changes and trends, readers will walk away with a strong sense of the state of freedom in the states today.Freedom in the 50 States remains an essential reference for scholars, policymakers, and concerned citizens interested in advancing a better understanding of a free society.

About the Author

Jason Sorens is the director of the Center for Ethics in Business and Governance at Saint Anselm College. He has researched and written more than 20 peer‐reviewed journal articles, a book for McGill‐Queens University Press titled Secessionism. His research has focused on fiscal federalism, U.S. state politics, and movements for regional autonomy and independence around the world. He has taught at Yale, Dartmouth, and the University at Buffalo and twice won awards for best teaching in his department. He lives in Manchester, New Hampshire. William Ruger is a research fellow in foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute. He is also president of the American Institute for Economic Research (AIER). He was previously vice president for research and policy at the Charles Koch Institute, an associate professor in the Department of Political Science at Texas State University, and an adjunct assistant professor at the LBJ School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas‐Austin. He is a frequent guest on television and radio and has written op‐eds for numerous outlets, such as the New York Times, the Washington Post, and USA Today. Ruger is a veteran of the War in Afghanistan and an officer in the U.S. Navy (Reserve component).
Product Details
ISBN: 9781952223266
ISBN-10: 1952223261
Publisher: Cato Institute
Publication Date: February 15th, 2022
Pages: 312
Language: English