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

Coates, D., and M. C. Munger. “Legislative Voting and the Economic Theory of Politics.” Southern Economic Journal, vol. 61, Wiley, 1995, pp. 861–73.

Coates, D., and M. C. Munger. “Strategizing in Small Group Decision Making: Host State Identification in the Southeast Compact.” Public Choice, vol. 82, Springer Verlag (Germany), 1995, pp. 1–16.

Mitnick, edited by Barry. “Corporate Political Agency: The Construction of Competition in Public Affairs.” American Political Science Review, vol. 88, 1994, pp. 1000–01.

Grier, K., et al. “The Determinants of Industry Political Activity, 1978-1986.” The American Political Science Review, vol. 88, Cambridge University Press (CUP): HSS Journals, 1994, pp. 911–32.

Coates, D., et al. “Not Equitable, Not Efficient: U.S. Policy on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal.” Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, vol. 13, Wiley, 1994, pp. 526–41.

Munger, M. “Judicial Interpretation in the Face of Uncertainty: A Comment on Schwartz, Spiller, and Urbiztondo.” Law and Contemporary Problems, vol. 57, 1994, pp. 87–90.

Collier, K., and M. C. Munger. “Comparing Reelection Rates in the House and Senate.” Public Choice, vol. 78, Springer Verlag (Germany), 1994, pp. 45–54.

Grier, K. B., and M. C. Munger. “Corporate, Labor, and Trade Association Contributions to the U.S. House and Senate, 1978-1986.” Journal of Politics, vol. 55, 1993, pp. 615–44.

Mitchell, W. C., and M. C. Munger. “Doing Well While Intending Good: Exploitation and the Pareto Criterion.” Journal of Theoretical Politics, vol. 5, SAGE Publications (UK and US), 1993, pp. 34–79.

Enelow, J., and M. C. Munger. “The Elements of Candidate Reputation: The Effect of Record and Credibility on Optimal Spatial Location.” Public Choice, vol. 77, Springer Verlag (Germany), 1993, pp. 757–72.