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., 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 Brian E. Roberts. “Political and Economic Control of the Federal Reserve: A Review of the Literature.” The Political Economy of Monetary Policy, edited by Thomas Mayer, Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Munger, M. C., and B. E. Roberts. “Political and Economic Control of the Federal Reserve: A Review of the Literature.” The Political Economy of Monetary Policy, edited by T. Mayer, Cambridge University Press, 1990.

Munger, M., and Melvin Hinich. “Political Investment, Voter Perceptions, and Candidate Strategy: An Equilibrium Spatial Analysis.” Models of Strategic Choice in Politics, edited by Peter Ordeshook, Cambridge University Press, 1989, pp. 49–68.

Munger, M. “The Cost of Protectionism: Estimates of the Hidden Tax of Trade Restraints.” World Trade and Trade Finance, edited by J. J. Norton, Matthew Bender, 1985.

Munger, M., and Kevin B. Grier. “The Empirical Accuracy of Sargent’s New Classical Macro Model: Some Simulation Evidence.” A Comparison of the Predictive Performance of Small Macroeconometric Models, edited by Laurence Meyer, St. Louis, MO: Center for the Study of American Business, 1983.

Gerard, D., et al. “The Political Economy of Sustainability (forthcoming).” Introduction to Sustainable Engineering, edited by C. Davidson, Prentice-Hall.

Munger, M. “Chadha v. I.N.S. and the Legislative Veto.” Creating Constitutional Change, edited by Gregg Ivers and Kevin McGuire, Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, pp. 93–105.

Munger, M. C., and D. Russell. “Business and Virtue.” Routledge Handbook of Business Ethics, edited by E. Heath and E. et al., Routledge/Taylor and Francis.

Munger, M. C., and J. Larson. “Reimagine What You Already Know: Toward New Solutions to Longstanding Problems (forthcoming).” Digital Kenya, edited by T. Weiss.


Munger, M. C. “Euvoluntary or not, exchange is just.” Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 28, no. 2, June 2011, pp. 192–211. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S0265052510000269. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “The Social Science of Democracy.” Perspectives on Politics, vol. 9, 2011, pp. 374–76.

Munger, M. C. “’Basic Income’ is Not an Obligation, But It Might Be a Legitimate Choice.” Basic Income Studies, vol. 5, no. 2, Dec. 2010.

Munger, M. C. “How to Write Less Badly.” Chronicle of Higher Education, Sept. 2010.

Munger, Michael C. “Endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful: Elinor Ostrom and the diversity of institutions.” Public Choice, vol. 143, no. 3–4, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, June 2010, pp. 263–68. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s11127-010-9629-2. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “'Thinking About Order Without Thought' In Tullock's Contributions to Spontaneous Order Studies.” Public Choice, vol. 135, no. 3–4, 2010, pp. 79–88.

Munger, Michael C. “Donald G. Saari, Disposing Dictators, Demystifying Voting Paradoxes: Social Choice Analysis.” Public Choice, vol. 140, no. 3–4, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, Sept. 2009, pp. 539–42. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s11127-009-9435-x. Full Text

Munger, Michael C. “The principal difficulty: Besley’s neo-Rousseavian aspirations.” The Review of Austrian Economics, vol. 22, no. 2, Springer Science and Business Media LLC, June 2009, pp. 169–75. Crossref, doi:10.1007/s11138-009-0075-7. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Saari’s "Disposing Dictators, Demystifying Voting Paradoxes".” Public Choice, vol. 140, Springer Verlag, 2009, pp. 539–43.


Munger, M. C. Tragedy of the Malecon: Is Cuba ‘Domestic Politics?. Library of Economics and Liberty, 2 Aug. 2004.