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Michael C. Munger, Professor of Political Science

Michael C. Munger

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.

Munger 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. His recent books include Choosing in Groups (2015, Cambridge U Press) and Tomorrow 3.0 (2018, Cambridge U Press). Munger's most recent book, The Sharing Economy, was published in 2021 by the Institute for Economic Affairs.

Contact Info:
Office Location:  140 Science Drive, 217 Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4300
Email Address: send me a message
Web Page:

Teaching (Spring 2023):

    Crowell 106, WF 03:30 PM-04:45 PM
  • POLSCI 449S.01, PPE CAPSTONE Synopsis
    Gross Hall 104, Tu 01:45 PM-04:15 PM
    (also cross-listed as ECON 389S.01, PHIL 465S.01)

Ph.D.Washington University in St. Louis1984
M.A.Washington University in St. Louis1981
B.A.Davidson College1980

Political Economy
Political Science/Government
Political Institutions
Public Administration/Public Affairs
Behavior & Identities
Research Interests: Institutions, Public Policy, Political Behavior and Parties

Current projects: Book Project: THE BLOCKCHAIN ECONOMY


Areas of Interest:

Voluntary exchange and morality of markets

Public choice and political institutions


Elections • Health Promotion • Legislation • Legislators • Lobbying • Politics • Public goods • Public Policy • Risk • Social psychology • State Government • Taxes • Tobacco

Curriculum Vitae
Current Ph.D. Students   (Former Students)

  • Amy McKay  
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Hinich, MJ; Munger, MC, Analytical Politics (April, 1997), pp. 253 pages, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 9780521565677 (published in both hardback and paperback editions. This book was reprinted, in a new Japanese language edition, by Keiso Shobo Publishers, in 1998) (This book was reprinted in a new Spanish edition in 2005) This book was reprinted in a new Chinese edition, and a new Korean edition, in 2010)..) [doi]  [abs]
  2. Hinich, MJ; Munger, MC, Ideology and the theory of political choice (January, 2010), pp. 1-267, University of Michigan Press, ISBN 9780472084135 (paperback edition published September 1996..)  [abs]
  3. Munger, MC, Political Science and Public Choice, in Elgar Companion to Public Choice II, edited by Reksulak, M; Razzolini, L; Shughart, W (2012), pp. 81-106, Edward Elgar Publishers
  4. Aldrich, J; Munger, MC; Reifler, J, Institutions, Information, and Faction: An Experimental Test of Riker’s Federalism Thesis for Political Parties, Public Choice (2012)
  5. Munger, MC, Coercion, the state, and the obligations of citizenship, Public Choice, vol. 152 no. 3-4 (September, 2012), pp. 415-421, Springer Nature, ISSN 0048-5829 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]
  6. Munger, MC, Euvoluntary or not, exchange is just, in Liberalism and Capitalism, Summer, edited by EF Paul and FD Miller, Jr. and J Paul, Social Philosophy and Policy, vol. 28 no. 2 (Summer, 2011), pp. 192-211, Cambridge University Press (CUP), ISSN 0265-0525 [Gateway.cgi], [doi]  [abs]
  7. Munger, MC, Basic Income Is Not an Obligation, But It Might Be a Legitimate Choice, Basic Income Studies, vol. 6 no. 2 (January, 2012), pp. 1-13  [abs]

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