Michael C. Munger

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 in St. Louis 1984
  • M.A., Washington University in St. Louis 1981
  • B.A., Davidson College 1980

Munger, M. C., and M. Hinich. “Scholarly Legacy of Mancur Olson.” Encyclopedia of Public Choice, edited by B. Frey et al., vol. II, Kluwer Academic Press, 2003, pp. 284–86.

Munger, M. C., and M. Hinich. “Spatial Theory.” Encyclopedia of Public Choice, edited by B. Frey et al., vol. II, Kluwer Academic Press, 2003, pp. 305–12.

Brewster, R., et al. “Widening vs. Deepening the European Union: An Institutional Analysis.” Institutional Challenges in the European Union, edited by M. Hosli and A. van Deemen, Cambridge University Press, 2002, pp. 48–64.

Munger, M., and M. Ensley. “Institutions, Ideology, and the Transmission of Information Across Generations.” Constitutional Political Economy, edited by R. Mudambi, Cambridge University Press, 2001, pp. 107–22.

Munger, M. “Voting.” Elgar Companion to Public Choice, edited by W. Shughart and L. Razzolini, Edward Elgar Press, 2001, pp. 197–239.

Munger, M., et al. “The European Court of Justice: An Agenda Control Analysis of the Implications of EU Enlargement.” Institutional Challenges in The European Union, edited by A. canDeemen and Madeleine Hosli, Kluwer Academic Press, 2000.

Munger, M. C. “Why People Don’t Trust Government.” Regulation, edited by Jr Joseph S Nye and Philip Zelikow, 1999.

Munger, M. Editors' Introduction: Empirical Studies in Comparative Politics. Vol. 97, 1998, pp. 219–27.

Munger, M. C., et al. “The Determinants of Industry Political Activity, 1978 - 1986.” Business and Government, edited by D. Coen and W. Grant, Edward Elgar Press, 1994.

Munger, M., and M. Hinich. “Political Ideology, Communication, and Community.” Political Economy: Institutions, Competion, and Representation, edited by W. Barnett et al., Cambridge University Press, 1993, pp. 25–50.


Munger, M. C., and R. Salsman. “Is ‘Too Big to Fail’ Too Big?.” Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy, vol. 11, 2013, pp. 433–56.

Munger, K. M., and M. C. Munger. “'Competencia Spatial en América Latina: Una visión general de algunos modelos ilustrativos' (Spatial Competition in Latin America: A Review of Some Illustrative Models).” Revista Mexicana De Analisis Politico Y Administracion Publica, vol. 4, 2013, pp. 33–40.

Guzmán, R. A., and M. C. Munger. “Euvoluntariness and just market exchange: moral dilemmas from Locke's Venditio.” Public Choice, 2013, pp. 1–11.

Munger, Michael C. “War, the American State, and Politics since 1898.” Independent Review, vol. 17, no. 2, INDEPENDENT INST, Sept. 2012, pp. 301–04.

Munger, M. C. “Coercion, the state, and the obligations of citizenship.” Public Choice, vol. 152, no. 3–4, Sept. 2012, pp. 415–21. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-012-9992-2. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Voting methods, problems of majority rule, and demand-revealing procedures.” Public Choice, vol. 152, no. 1–2, July 2012, pp. 61–72. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-011-9856-1. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “Basic Income Is Not an Obligation, But It Might Be a Legitimate Choice.” Basic Income Studies, vol. 6, no. 2, Jan. 2012, pp. 1–13.

Munger, M. C. “Persuasion, psychology and public choice.” Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, vol. 80, no. 2, Oct. 2011, pp. 290–300. Scopus, doi:10.1016/j.jebo.2011.07.012. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Self-interest and public interest: The motivations of political actors.” Critical Review, vol. 23, no. 3, Sept. 2011, pp. 339–57. Scopus, doi:10.1080/08913811.2011.635871. Full Text


Munger, M. C. I'll Stick with These: Some Sharp Observations on the Division of Labor. Library of Economics and Liberty, 2 Apr. 2007.

Munger, M. They Clapped: Can Price-Gouging Laws Prohibit Scarcity?. Library of Economics and Liberty, 8 Jan. 2007.

Munger, M. C. Think Globally, Act Irrationally: Recycling. Library of Economics and Liberty, 2007.

Munger, M. C. Two Steves and One Soichiro: Why Politicians Can't Judge Innovation. Library of Economics and Liberty, 2 Oct. 2006.

Munger, M. C. Rent Seek and You Will Find. Library of Economics and Liberty, 3 July 2006.

Munger, M. C. A Fable of the OC. Library of Economics and Liberty, 3 Apr. 2006.

Munger, M. C. Unintended Consequences 1, Good Intentions 0. Library of Economics and Liberty, 9 Jan. 2006.

Munger, M. C. Everybody Loves Mikey. Library of Economics and Liberty, 1 Aug. 2005.

Munger, M. C. The Thing Itself. Library of Economics and Liberty, 7 Mar. 2005.

Munger, M. C. Democracy is a Means, Not an End. Library of Economics and Liberty, 10 Jan. 2005.


Munger, M. “Tax Implications of Reagan’s Trade Policy.” Policy Report, Cato Institute, Feb. 1984.

Munger, M., and Murray L. Weidenbaum. Protectionism: Who Gets Protected?. Consumer’s Research Magazine, Oct. 1983, pp. 16–19.

Munger, M., et al. Toward a More Open Trade Policy. St. Louis, MO: Center for the Study of American Business, Formal Publication No. 53, Jan. 1983.

Munger, M. America’s Costly Trade Barriers. The New York Times, 1983, pp. F29–F29.