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John Samples is vice president and publisher atthe Cato Institute. He oversees the Cato Institute Press which publishes books by Cato staff and external authors on public policy topics and libertarian ideas. He also manages Cato’s adjunct scholar program. He founded and directs Cato’s Center for Representative Government, which studies government institutional failure and public opinion. Finally, Samples oversees the work of the Center for the Study of Science. He 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 along with numerous contributions to edited volumes. Samples has also been featured in 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 PhD 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.