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John Samples is Vice President and Publisher of the Cato Institute. He oversees the work Cato Institute Press which publishes books by Cato staff and external authors on public policy topics and libertarian ideas. Samples is responsible for Cato’s transition to digital publishing along with traditional print titles. He also manages Cato’s adjunct scholar program and student outreach efforts. He previously directed Cato’s Center for Representative Government, which studies campaign finance regulation, delegation of legislative authority, term limits, and the political culture of limited government. Samples is the author of The Struggle to Limit Government: A Modern Political History and The Fallacy of Campaign Finance Reform. Prior to joining Cato, Samples served eight years as director of Georgetown University Press, and before that, as vice president of the Twentieth Century Fund. He has published scholarly articles in Society, History of Political Thought, and Telos. Samples has also been featured in mainstream publications like USA Today, the New York Times, and the Los Angeles Times. He has appeared on NPR, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Samples received his Ph.D. in political science from Rutgers University.

More from John Samples


Blame Campaign Finance Crusaders for IRS Mess

Daily Caller. May 15, 2013.

Long Live the Filibuster

Philadelphia Inquirer. January 24, 2013.

Is There a Libertarian Case for Rick Santorum?

Daily Caller. February 8, 2012.