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 A. T. Denzau. “Legislators and Interest Groups: How Unorganized Interests Get Represented.” The Classics of Interest Group Behavior, edited by R. M. Wadsworth, Wadsworth Higher Ed Publishing, 2006, pp. 338–57.

Munger, M. C. “Nineteenth-century voting procedures in a twenty-first century world.” Policy Challenges and Political Responses: Public Choice Perspectives on the Post-9/11 World, 2005, pp. 115–33. Scopus, doi:10.1007/0-387-28038-3_7. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “Regulation.” Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, edited by Thomas Palmer, CATO Institute, Washington, D.C., 2005.

Munger, M. C. “Commentary on 'The Quest for Meaning in Public Choice.” The Production and Diffusion of Public Choice Political Economy: Reflections on the VPI Center, edited by J. C. Pitt et al., Wiley-Blackwell, 2004.

Munger, M. C., and A. McKay. “Chadha v. INS: Policy-making Outside the Constitution.” Creating Constitutional Change, edited by G. Ivers and K. McGuire, University of Virginia Press, 2004, pp. 93–105.

Munger, M. “Committee Jurisdictions and PACs.” Encyclopedia of Public Choice, edited by B. Frey et al., vol. 1, Kluwer Academic Press, 2003, pp. 98–100.

Munger, M. “Voting.” Public Choice Handbook, edited by William Shughart and Laura Razzolini, Edward Elgar Press, 2003.

Munger, M. “Committee Assignments.” Encyclopedia of Public Choice, edited by B. Frey et al., vol. 1, Kluwer Academic Press., 2003, pp. 95–98.

Munger, M. “Demobilized and Demoralized: Negative Ads and Loosening Bonds.” Rational Foundations of Democratic Politics, edited by A. Breton et al., Cambridge University Press, 2003, pp. 15–29.

Munger, M. C. “Interest Groups.” Encyclopedia of Public Choice, edited by B. Frey et al., vol. 1, Kluwer Academic Press, 2003, pp. 307–12.


Keech, W. R., and M. C. Munger. “The anatomy of government failure.” Public Choice, vol. 164, no. 1–2, July 2015. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-015-0262-y. Full Text

Munger, M. C. “One and One-Half Cheers for Basic-Income Guarantee: We Could Do Worse, and Already Have.” Independent Review, vol. 19, no. 4, The Independant Institute, 2015, pp. 503–13.

Munger, M. C. “Empowering, Not Enfeebling: Beyond the ‘Market v. State’ Dichotomy.” Conversations on Philanthropy, vol. 10, Conversations on Philanthropy, 2015.

Brennan, G., and M. Munger. “The soul of James Buchanan?.” Independent Review, vol. 18, no. 3, Dec. 2014, pp. 331–42.

Aldrich, J., et al. “Sophisticated and myopic? Citizen preferences for Electoral College reform.” Public Choice, vol. 158, no. 3–4, Mar. 2014, pp. 541–58. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-013-0056-z. Full Text

Aldrich, J., et al. “Institutions, information, and faction: An experimental test of Riker's federalism thesis for political parties.” Public Choice, vol. 158, no. 3–4, Mar. 2014, pp. 577–88. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-012-0040-z. Full Text Open Access Copy

Guzmán, R. A., and M. C. Munger. “Euvoluntariness and just market exchange: Moral dilemmas from Locke's Venditio.” Public Choice, vol. 158, no. 1–2, Jan. 2014, pp. 39–49. Scopus, doi:10.1007/s11127-013-0090-x. Full Text

Grynaviski, J. D., and M. C. Munger. “Did Southerners Favor Slavery? Inferences from an Analysis of Prices in New Orleans, 1805-1860.” Public Choice, vol. 159, no. 3, 2014, pp. 341–61.

Munger, M. C. “A Moral Basis for Markets.” Public Discourse, Witherspoon Institute, 2014.

Munger, Michael C. “Strength in Numbers: The Political Power of Weak Interests by GunnarTrumbull. Cambridge, MA, Harvard University Press, 2012. 264 pp. $49.95..” Political Science Quarterly, vol. 128, no. 4, Wiley, Dec. 2013, pp. 785–86. Crossref, doi:10.1002/polq.12124. Full Text


Munger, M. C. The Case for Voluntary Private Cooperation. Foundation for Economic Freedom, 16 Apr. 2014.

Munger, M. C. Long Division. Foundation for Economic Freedom, 10 Jan. 2014.

Munger, M. C. What Are We For?. Foundation for Economic Freedom, 4 Dec. 2013.

Munger, M. C. A Theory About Doing Nothing. Online Library of Liberty, 2013.

Munger, M. C. Market Makers or Parasites?. Library of Economics and Liberty, 2009.

Munger, M. C. Planning Order, Causing Chaos: Transantiago. Library of Economics and Liberty, 2008.

Munger, M. C. Orange Blossom Special: Externalities and the Coase Theorem. Library of Economics and Liberty, 2008.

Munger, M. C. Bosses Don’t Wear Bunny Slippers: If Markets are So Great, Why are There Firms. Library of Economics and Liberty, 2008.

Munger, M. C. The Five Sorry Rules of Lateness. 1 Oct. 2007.


Munger, M. C. “The Thing Itself.” Econ Lib., Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, 2005.

Munger, M. C. “Democracy is a Means, Not an End.” Econ Lib., Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, 2005.

Munger, M. C. “Tragedy of the Malecon: Is Cuba ’Domestic Politics?.” Econ Lib., Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, 2004.

Munger, M. C. Political Parties and Campaign Finance, Written Testimony. Rules and Administration Committee, U.S. Senate, 2000.

Munger, M. “Forum: The Dead Cats of November.” Ps: Political Science and Politics, Sept. 1995.

Munger, M., and William Stockard. The Environmental Protection Agency in the Triangle. Center for Urban and Regional Studies, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Jan. 1995.

Munger, M., and Frayda Bluestein. Single Prime and Multi-Prime Contracting in North Carolina Public Construction: A Report Submitted Under Contract to the N.C. State Building Commission. Raleigh, NC: State Building Commission, Sept. 1994, pp. 43–43.

Munger, M., et al. The Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste in America: Gridlock in the States. St. Louis, MO: Center for the Study of American Business, Occasional Paper No. 119, Dec. 1992.

Munger, M., and Dennis Coates. Nuclear Waste and the Bug Letter. Raleigh News and Observer, 1991, pp. 7J-7J.

Munger, M. A Time-series Investigation into Factors Influencing U.S. Auto Assembly Employment. Bureau of Economics Staff Report to the Federal Trade Commission, Feb. 1985.