Michael C. Munger

Professor of Political Science

External Address: 
140 Science Drive, 217 Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4301
Behavior Identities, Methods, Political Economy, Political Institutions

Professor of Political Science, and Director of the PPE Certificate Program. His primary research focus is on the functioning of markets, regulation, and government institutions. He has taught at Dartmouth College, University of Texas, and University of North Carolina (where he was Director of the Master of Public Administration Program), as well as working as a staff economist at the Federal Trade Commission during the Reagan Administration. He is a past President of the Public Choice Society, an international academic society of political scientists and economists with members in 16 countries. He was North American Editor of the journal Public Choice for five years, and is now a Co-Editor of The Independent Review


  • Ph.D., Washington University 1984
  • M.A., Washington University 1981
  • B.A., Davidson College 1980

Munger, MC. Tomorrow 3.0: The Sharing-Middleman Economy. Cambridge University Press, 2018.

Anomaly, J, Brennan, G, Brennan, POSAPTG, Munger, MC, and Sayre-McCord, G. Philosophy, Politics, and Economics An Anthology. Oxford University Press, USA, June 29, 2015.

Munger, MC, and Munger, KM. Choosing in groups: Analytical politics revisited. January 1, 2015. Full Text

Munger, M. The Thing Itself: Essays on Academics, Economics, and Policy. Mungerella Publishing, 2015. (Collection)

Future of the Economy: Fifty Years. Ed. R Whaples, MC Munger, and C Coyne. Oakland, CA: Independent Institute, 2015. (Edited Book)

Munger, MC, and Hinich, M. Political Economy. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Munger, MC. Analyzing Policy Choices, Conflicts, and Practices. W. W. Norton, 2000.

Hinich, MJ, and Munger, MC. Empirical studies in comparative politics. December 1998. Full Text

Munger, M, and Hinich, MJ. Analytical Politics. Cambridge University Press, April 1997.

Munger, M, and Hinich, MJ. Ideology and the Theory of Political Choice. University of Michigan Press, 1994.

Couyoumdjian, JP, and Munger, MC. "The Entrepreneurial Virtues." Perspectives on Character. Ed. I Fileva. Oxford University Press, 2016. (Chapter)

Munger, MC. "Hayek’s Political Insights: Emergent Orders and Laid-on Laws." 40 years after the Nobel: F.A. Hayek and Political Economy as a Progressive Research Program. Ed. P Boetke. 2016. (Chapter)

Munger, MC. "Public Choice Economics." International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences. Ed. JD Wright. Oxford: Elsevier, 2015. 534-539. (Chapter)

Munger, MC. "Editor’s Introduction: The Basic-Income Debate." The Independant Institute, 2015. 485-488.

Munger, MC. "Coase and the ‘Sharing Economy." Forever Contemporary: The Economics of Ronald Coase. Ed. C Veljanovski. London: Institute for Economic Affairs, 2015. 187-208. (Chapter)

Munger, MC. "Kaldor-Hicks Coercion, Coasian Bargaining, and the State." Coercion and Social Welfare in Public Finance: Economic and Political Dimensions. Ed. J Martinez and S Winer. Cambridge University Press, 2014. 117-135.

Munger, MC. "Political science and public choice." The Elgar Companion to Public Choice, Second Edition. July 24, 2013. 39-53.

Munger, MC. "Everything You Know About Recycling is Wrong." The Political Economy of Recycling. Ed. J Kuznicki. 2013. (Chapter)

Munger, MC. "“How to Write Less Badly” (Reprint 2010 article as book chapter)." Top Ten Productivity Tips for Professors, Edward Elgar Publishers. 2012.

Munger, MC. "Political Science and Public Choice." Elgar Companion to Public Choice II. Ed. M Reksulak, L Razzolini, and W Shughart. Edward Elgar Publishers, 2012. 81-106. (Chapter)


Munger, MC. "Human agency and convergence: Gaus’s Kantian Parliamentarian." The Review of Austrian Economics 30.3 (September 2017): 353-364. Full Text

Munger, MC. "Egalitarianism, properly conceived: We all are "Rawlsekians" now!." Independent Review 22.1 (June 1, 2017): 59-70. (Review)

Grynaviski, JD, and Munger, MC. "RECONSTRUCTING RACISM: TRANSFORMING RACIAL HIERARCHY from "nECESSARY EVIL" into "pOSITIVE GOOD"." Social Philosophy and Policy 34.1 (January 1, 2017): 144-163. (Review) Full Text

Munger, MC. "Tomorrow 3.0 the sharing economy." Independent Review 20.3 (December 1, 2016): 391-395. (Review)

Munger, MC. "Douglass C. North: The answer is "transactions costs"." Independent Review 21.1 (June 1, 2016): 143-146. (Review)

Munger, MC, and Grynaviski, G. "Pathologies of Political Authority: Constructed Racism is 'Public Reason' Gone Wrong (forthcoming)." Social Philosophy and Policy (2016).

Potthoff, RF, and Munger, MC. "Condorcet polling can yield serendipitous clues about voter views." Public Choice 165.1-2 (October 2015): 1-12. Full Text

Keech, WR, and Munger, MC. "The anatomy of government failure." Public Choice 164.1-2 (July 2015): 1-42. Full Text


&NA, and, . "Editorial introductions." Current Opinion in Critical Care 18.2 (April 2012): v-vi. Full Text

Munger, MC. "Economic Choice, Political Decision, and the Problem of Limits." Public Choice: Homo Economicus, Homo Politicus 137 (2008): 507-522. (Special issue)

Munger, MC. "Thinking About Order Without Thought." Public Choice: Tullock's Contributions to Spontaneous Order Studies 135 (2008): 79-88. (Special issue)

Munger, MC. "Blogging and Political Information: Truth or ‘Truthiness’?." Public Choice: The Power and Political Science of Blogs. 134 (2008): 125-138. (Special issue)

Munger, MC. "19th Century Voting Procedures in a 21st Century World." Ed. W Shughat and R Tollison. Public Choice: Public Chpoce Perspectives at the Dawn of the 21st Century 124 (2005): 115-133. (Special issue)

Munger, MC. "Comment on 'Judicializing Politics, Politicizing Law' by John Ferejohn." Law and contemporary problems: The Law of Politics 65 (2002): 87-94. (Special issue)

Munger, MC. "Political science and fundamental research." PS-POLITICAL SCIENCE & POLITICS 33.1 (March 2000): 25-30. Full Text

Mellor, WH, Berliner, D, Sherman, PM, et. al., , and Munger, MC. NC Dental Examiners v FTC, "Scholars of Public Choice Economics in Support of FTC". 2014.

Munger, MC. Idaho Republican Party v Ysursa. Idaho Gov, 2011.

Munger, MC. Libertarian Party, et al v. State, et al. Southern Coalition for Social Justice, 2009.

Hayward, A, Dimino, M, Jones, CA, La Raja, RJ, Milyo, J, Munger, MC, New, NJ, Primo, DM, and Samples, J. Brief Amicus Campaign Finance Scholars in Support of Appellant, Citizens United. Washington, DC: Wilson - Epes Printing Co., Inc, 2002.

Munger, MC. Political Parties and Campaign Finance. April 5, 2000.

Munger, MC, and Bluestein, F. Single Prime and Multi-Prime Contracting in North Carolina Public Construction. Raleigh, NC, September 1994.

Munger, MC, Coates, D, and Heid, V. The Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste in America: Gridlock in the States. St. Louis, MO, 1992.


Munger, MC. "Success, White Privilege, and Donald Trump." (April 18, 2016).

Munger, MC. "Should You Hire a Private Bodyguard?." (March 18, 2016).

Munger, MC. "We Can Never Run Out of Anything." (February 5, 2016).

Munger, MC. "Customer or Consumer: Michael Munger Responds." (January 27, 2016).

Munger, MC. "The First Rule of Wing-Walking." (January 25, 2016).

Munger, MC. "Division of Labor." (2016).

Munger, MC. "We've Gotta Do Something!." (December 28, 2015).

Munger, MC. "We Should Do Something!." (December 7, 2015).

Munger, MC. "Every Flaw in Consumers Is Worse in Voters." (November 3, 2015).


Munger, MC. "The Beauty of the Virtual Discussion Section." Chronicle of Higher Education (April 11, 2016). (Scholarly Commentary)

Munger, MC. "L'Affaire LaCour: What it can teach us about academic integrity and 'truthiness'." Chronicle of Higher Education (June 15, 2015). (Scholarly Commentary)

Munger, MC. "Everything You Know About Recycling is Wrong." Cato Unbound (On-line journal, not refereed) (2013).

Ordeshook, P, Munger, M, Lin, T-M, and Jones, B. "In memoriam: Melvin J. Hinich, 1939-2010." PUBLIC CHOICE 146.1 (January 2011): 1-8. Full Text

Munger, MC. "10 Tips on How to Write Less Badly." The Chronicle of Higher Educaiton (September 6, 2010). (Scholarly Commentary)

Munger, MC. "Lean on Your Staff." Chronicle of Higher Education (May 31, 2010). (Scholarly Commentary)

Munger, MC. "10 Suggestions for a New Department Chair." Chronicle of Higher Education (April 8, 2010). (Scholarly Commentary)

Munger, MC. "The Right Kind of Nothing." Chronicle of Higher Education (January 7, 2010). (Scholarly Commentary)

Munger, MC. "Sorry I'm Late." Chronicle of Higher Education (November 16, 2009). (Scholarly Commentary)

Munger, MC. "No Turtles: Faculty-Media Relations." Chronicle of Higher Education (June 18, 2009). (Scholarly Commentary)


PPE Program at Duke University awarded by Center for Excellence in Higher Education (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2019

Clyde Ray Manuscript Support awarded by Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Luke Sheahan Manuscript Support awarded by Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2016 to 2018

Buchanan Camp Conference 2018 awarded by Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2018

Buchanan Camp Conference awarded by Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017 to 2018

American Values and Institutions Program and Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics awarded by Thomas W. Smith Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2018

SPSA 2017 Travel Support awarded by Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017

American Values and Institutions Program and Program in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics awarded by Thomas W. Smith Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2017

Capstone Class awarded by Charles G. Koch Charitable Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2015

Doctoral Dissertation Research in Political Science: Refining the Contextual Specification of Games awarded by National Science Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2008 to 2011