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Jason Sorens

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Email: jsorens – AT – anselm – DOT – edu

Jason Sorens is Director of the Center for Ethics in Business and Governance at Saint Anselm College. He received his Ph.D. in political science from Yale University in 2003 and a B.A. in economics and philosophy (with honors) from Washington and Lee University in 1998. He has researched and written more than 20 peer-reviewed journal articles, a book for McGill-Queens University Press titled Secessionism, and a biennially revised book for the Cato Institute, Freedom in the 50 States (with William Ruger). 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 Lyme, New Hampshire.

Research Publications

2019 (forthcoming). With Dylan McLean. “The Changing Ideological Politics of U.S. State Firearms Regulation.” Politics & Policy. download (pre copy edit version)
2018. “The Effects of Housing Supply Restrictions on Partisan Geography.” Political Geography 66 (September): 44–56. article | replication data (Dataverse)
2018. With Christoffer Cappelen. “Precolonial Centralisation, Traditional Indirect Rule, and State Capacity in Africa.” Commonwealth & Comparative Politics 56 (2): 195–215. pre-copy edit version | final, published version | replication data (Dataverse)
2016. Freedom in the 50 States: An Index of Personal and Economic Freedom, 4th ed. Washington, D.C.: Cato Institute. 287 pages. With William Ruger. project website
2016. With Ester Cross. “Arab Spring Constitution-Making: Polarization, Exclusion, and Constraints.” Democratization 23 (7): 1292-1312. download (paywall) | download (pre-copy edit version) | Appendix (PDF)
2016. “Secession Risk and Fiscal Federalism.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 46 (1): 25-50. download (paywall) | download (pre-copy edit full-text)
2014. With William P. Ruger. “Globalisation and Intrastate Conflict: An Empirical Analysis.” Civil Wars 16 (4): 381–401. download | replication data (Dataverse)
2014. “Legal Regimes for Secession: Applying Moral Theory and Empirical Findings.” Public Affairs Quarterly 28 (3): 259-88. download (PDF)
2014. “Fiscal Federalism, Jurisdictional Competition, and the Size of Government.” Constitutional Political Economy 25 (4): 354-75. published version preproof draft (PDF) online appendix Stata replication dataset #1 Stata replication dataset #2 Stata replication DO file
2014. “Does Fiscal Federalism Promote Regional Inequality? An Empirical Analysis of the OECD, 1980-2005.” Regional Studies 48 (2): 239-53. download preproof draft Regional economic self-rule dataset: (XLS)
2014. “Corruption, Regulation, and Growth: An Empirical Study of the United States.” Economics of Governance 15 (1): 51-69. With Noel D. Johnson, William Ruger, and Steven Yamarik. download
2013. Freedom in the 50 States 2013: Index of Personal and Economic Freedom. Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University. 223 pages. With William Ruger. project website
2012. “Does Foreign Investment Really Reduce Repression?” International Studies Quarterly 56 (2): 427-436. With William Ruger. preproof draft (PDF) Replication data (Stata 8+): data, do file, guide to variable codes. Imputed datasets: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.
2012. Secessionism: Identity, Interest, and Strategy. Montreal: McGill-Queen’s University Press. order here
2011. “Mineral Production, Territory, and Ethnic Rebellion: The Role of Rebel Constituencies.” Journal of Peace Research 48 (5): 571-585. download Stata replication data do file Data Appendix For the full Ethnoregional Mineral Resources Dataset and associated documentation, see the Datasets section below
2011. Freedom in the 50 States: Index of Personal and Economic Freedom, 2nd ed. (Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University). With William P. Ruger.
2011. “The Institutions of Fiscal Federalism.” Publius: The Journal of Federalism 41 (2): 207-231. download (Data Appendix)
replication data (XLS) updated fiscal federalism data
2010. “The Politics and Economics of Official Ethnic Discrimination: A Global Statistical Analysis, 1950-2003.” International Studies Quarterly. download Stata replication data Stata do file replication output
2009. “Ethnicity and Nationalism in Wars of Secession.” In Robert A. Denemark (ed.), International Studies Encyclopedia (Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell).
2009. Freedom in the 50 States: Index of Personal and Economic Freedom (Arlington, VA: Mercatus Center at George Mason University). With William P. Ruger.
2009. “The Partisan Logic of Decentralization in Europe.” Regional and Federal Studies 19 (2): 255-272. Download here.
2009. “Development and the Political Economy of Foreign Aid.” Journal of Private Enterprise 24 (Spring). Download pre-submission version here.
2008. “Regionalists Against Secession: The Political Economy of Territory in Advanced Democracies.” Nationalism and Ethnic Politics vol 14, no 3, pp 325-360. Download here.
2008. “U.S. State and Local Public Policies in 2006: A New Database.” State Politics and Policy Quarterly vol 8, no 3, pp 309-326. With Fait Muedini and William P. Ruger. download paper download data
2005. “The Cross-Sectional Determinants of Secessionism in Advanced Democracies.” Comparative Political Studies vol 38, no 3, pp 304-326. Download here.
2004. “Globalization, Secessionism, and Autonomy.” Electoral Studies vol 23, no 4, pp 727–752. Download here.
2000. “The Failure to Converge: Why Globalization Doesn’t Cause Deregulation.” Critical Review vol 14, no 1, pp 19–33.

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  • Regional self-rule index (XLS) and country narratives (PDF) for developing democracies – use header comments in spreadsheet for variable descriptions
  • Secessionist and regionalist parties – download (XLS) – panelwise averages on “avgs” tab, all election-years on “provs” tab, secessionist regions only on “partiesp” tab, variable descriptions in comments. For data sources, see Sorens, “Regionalists Against Secession” and “The Cross-Sectional Determinants of Secessionism.”
  • Fiscal Federalism Dataset: by country, 1950-2006 (XLS, corrected 2/20/12); by region, 1980-2005 (XLS)
  • Global ethnic groups (for correcting Minorities at Risk for selection bias): Stata replication data. For variable descriptions and sources see Sorens, “The Politics and Economics of Official Ethnic Discrimination.”
  • State and Local Public Policies
  • Ethnoregional Mineral Resources Dataset:
    1. full ethnoregion-year data (XLS)
    2. national production figures (XLS)
    3. codebook (DOCX)

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