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Michael C. Munger, Professor of Political Science and Sanford School of Public Policy and Economics and Director of Undergraduate Studies and Bass Fellow

Michael C. Munger
Contact Info:
Office Location:  140 Science Drive, 217 Gross, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Office Phone:  (919) 660-4301
Email Address:  
Web Page:   http://www.michaelmunger.com/

Teaching (Fall 2018):

    Social Sciences 139, TuTh 04:40 PM-05:55 PM
Teaching (Spring 2019):

    Soc/Psych 126, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
  • POLSCI 449.01, PPE CAPSTONE Synopsis
    Allen 103, M 03:05 PM-05:35 PM
    Gross Hall 111, Tu 06:15 PM-08:45 PM
Office Hours:

By Appointment--Contact munger@duke.edu

Ph.D., Washington University, 1984
M.A., Washington University, 1981
B.A., Davidson College, 1980

Political Economy
Political Institutions
Behavior & Identities
Research Interests: Institutions, Public Policy, Political Behavior and Parties

Current projects: Book Project: THE ENTREPRENEURIAL VIRTUES

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

Areas of Interest:

Entrepreneurship, profits, and rent-seeking

Problems of exchange and market - government coordination in developed economies

Curriculum Vitae
Representative Publications   (More Publications)   (search)

  1. Munger, M; Hinich, MJ, Analytical Politics (April, 1997), pp. 253 pages, Cambridge University Press (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)..) .
  2. Munger, M; Hinich, MJ, Ideology and the Theory of Political Choice (1994), pp. 267 pages, University of Michigan Press (paperback edition published September 1996..) .
  3. Munger, MC, Political Science and Public Choice, in Elgar Companion to Public Choice II, edited by Reksulak, M; Razzolini, L; Shughart, W (March, 2013), 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 (2013) .
  5. Munger, MC, Coercion, the state, and the obligations of citizenship, Public Choice, vol. 152 no. 3-4 (September, 2012), pp. 415-421 [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. 02 (Summer, 2011), pp. 192-211, Cambridge University Press [Gateway.cgi], [doi] .
  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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