Michael C. Munger

Professor of Political Science, Public Policy, and Economics

Duke University, Durham, NC  27708

Curriculum Vitae



919 660 4301 (office)                                            Email:       munger@duke.edu

919 844 0154 (home)                                      Web page:       http://www.duke.edu/~munger

919 369 6453 (cell)                                         Personal           Age 52, Married, 2 children



Selected Grants & Honors (Excluding Internal Grants and Small External Grants):

Resources for the Future (co-P.I., 1991-2; $28,000)

Robert W. Johnson Foundation (consultant, 1994-6; $107,000)

Muskie Foundation (co-P.I., 1994; $12,000)

Various local government contracts (P.I., 1991-1995; $78,000)

Winner of Duncan Black Prize for Best Paper in Public Choice (co-authored with D. Coates)

National Science Foundation (P.I., 1998-2000, $49,500)

Templeton Foundation (1998-1999, $11,500)

Liberty Fund, co-PI, week-long symposia for graduate students in Political Economy:             June 1999; June 2001, June 2003; June 2005; June 2006; June 2007; June 2011.

National Science Foundation, PI (1999-2000, $64,500)

National Science Foundation, PI (2002-3, $14,500)

National Science Foundation, co-PI (2004-6, $160,000)

National Endowment for the Humanities (September 2005, co-PI, $600,000)

Earhart Foundation (Support for sabbatical semester, 2007)

National Endowment for the Humanities (2008, matching, co-PI, $1.8 million)

D.A.A.D. Summer Fellowship, University of Erlangen, Germany, April – July, 2009


Duke University-Wide Teaching Prizes

NAACP “Image” Award--“Teaching About Race in America” 2003

Howard Johnson Award for Excellence in Teaching--2004

Bass Family Term Chair for Excellence in Undergraduate Education, 2006-2011


Administrative Positions

Formal Theory Section Head, Southern Political Science Association, 1997

Advisory Panel, Political Science Section, NSF, 1997-9, 2000

President, Public Choice Society, 1996-8

Public Policy Section Head, Southern Political Science Association, 1996

Director, Master of Public Administration Program, UNC-CH: 7-1993 to 6-1995

Chair, Department of Political Science, Duke University, 2000-2006, 2007-2010

“World” Editor (outside of Europe), Public Choice, 2005-2009

Director, PPE Certificate Program, Duke University, 2010-present.



Institut fur Politische Wissenschaft, Friedrich Alexander Universitat, Erlangen-Nuremberg, Germany, Visiting Professor, 4/09 – 8/09

Political Science, Duke, Assoc. Professor, 7/97 - 6/00; Full Professor, 6/00- Present.

Political Science, U of North Carolina, Chapel Hill , Asst. Professor, 7/90 to 6/92; Assoc. Professor with Tenure, 7/92-6/97

Department of Government, University of Texas, Austin: Asst Professor, 9/86--8/90.

Department of Economics, Dartmouth College: Visiting Asst Professor, 9/85 to 5/86.

Federal Trade Commission, Washington, D.C.: Staff Economist, 9/84 to 8/85.


Selected Publications

(Excluding Book Reviews, Newspaper, and Magazine Articles)

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“Kaldor-Hicks Coercion, Coasian Bargaining, and the State.”  In Jorge Martinez and Stanley Winer (eds.), Coercion and Social Welfare in Contemporary Public Policy, conference volume for Evergreen Resort Coercion Conference, Oct. 1-2, 2010. 


“Political Science and Public Choice.”  In Michael Reksulak (ed.), Elgar Companion to Public Choice II, Edward Elgar Publishers.


“Euvoluntary or Not, Exchange is Just.”  Social Philosophy and Policy.  28(2) Summer, 2011.


“Voting methods, problems of majority rule, and demand-revealing procedures,” Public Choice.



“I have a real meeting at 10:30:  Running for Office as a Third Party Candidate.” In James Bowers and Stephen Daniels, Editors, Inside Political Campaigns: Chronicles—and Lessons—from the Trenches.  Lynne Rienner Publishers.


“’Basic Income’ is Not an Obligation, But It Might Be a Legitimate Choice,” Basic Income Studies, 5, 2 (BE Press Electronic Journal)


“Political Economy” (with William Keech), entry in International Encyclopedia of Political Science,  edited by Garrett, Levi, McClain, Alt, and Chambers.  Washington, DC:  CQ Press.


In Honor of Elinor Ostrom and the Nobel Prize in Economics:  Public Choice Special Issue. (Editor)  Edited volume published by Springer Academic Publishers.  Includes editor’s introduction, "Endless Forms Most Beautiful and Most Wonderful.”  Public Choice, volume 43:  263-268.


Analytical Politics (with Melvin Hinich), Cambridge University Press. Originally published in 1997.  Reprinted in new Chinese language edition, and in new Korean edition.

"Hayek's Insight:  Order Without Direction, Benefit Without Intent."  Chapter 8 in Political Economy in Philosophic Perspective, edited by Greg Butler, University Press of America.


“The Principal Difficulty:  Besley’s Neo-Rousseauvian Aspirations.”  Review of Austrian Economics.  Volume 22, Number 2 / June, 2009, pp. 169-175.

“Locking Up Political Speech:  How Electioneering Communications Laws Stifle Free Speech and Civic Engagement,” Institute for Justice, Arlington, VA, http://www.ij.org/images/pdf_folder/other_pubs/locking_up_political_speech.pdf

“Market Makers or Parasites?”    Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2009/Mungermiddlemen.html


“Planning Order, Causing Chaos:  Transantiago.”   Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN,  http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2008/Mungerbus.html

“Regulation” entry in Encyclopedia of Libertarianism, (pp. 418-420).  Edited by Ronald Hamowy, et. al, CATO Institute, Washington D.C.

"Economic Choice, Political Decision, and the Problem of Limits."  In Homo Economicus, Homo Politicus:  Public Choice Special Issue. 137: 507-522.

“The Dynamics of Issue Introduction: A Model Based on the Politics of Ideology.”  (with Melvin Hinich).  Mathematical and Computer Modeling.  Volume 48, Issues 9-10, November: 1510-1518

“Orange Blossom Special:  Externalities and the Coase Theorem.”  Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2008/Mungerbees.html

"Thinking About Order Without Thought."  In Tullock's Contributions to Spontaneous Order Studies, Public Choice Special Issue, 135:  79-88.

“Bosses Don’t Wear Bunny Slippers:  If Markets are So Great, Why are There Firms?”  Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2008/Mungerfirms.html

 “Blogging and Political Information: Truth or ‘Truthiness’?” In The Power and Political Science of Blogs. Public Choice Special Issue. 134:  125-138.


 “The Five Sorry Rules of Lateness” Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2007/Mungerlateness.html

 “Culture, Order, and Virtue.” In Liberalism, Conservatism, and Hayek’s Idea of Spontaneous Order, pp. 192-214. L. Hunt and P. MacNamara, eds., New York: MacMillan/Palgrave.

“They Clapped: Can Price-Gouging Laws Prohibit Scarcity?” Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2007/Mungergouging.html

Entries in the International Encyclopedia of Social Science, Sandy Darrity, ed., "Leadership," "Left and Right," "Majoritarianism," and "Public Interest."  Farmington Hills:  MI, Gale-Cengage Publishers.

“I'll Stick with These:  Some Sharp Observations on the Division of Labor” Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2007/Mungergouging.html

“Candidate Uncertainty, Mental Models, and Complexity: Some Experimental Results.” (with Michael Ensley and Scott de Marchi). Public Choice.  132(1-2):  231-246.

“Think Globally, Act Irrationally:  Recycling” Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN  http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2007/Mungerrecycling.html


“Two Steves and One Soichiro: Why Politicians Can't Judge Innovation.”Econlib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN. http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2006/Mungercollectivism.html

“Unintended Consequences 1, Good Intentions 0,” EconLib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2006/Mungergoodintentions.html

“A Retrospective Assessment of Tullock’s The Vote Motive.” In P. Kurrild-Klitgaard, ed. The Vote Motive. London: Institute of Economic Affairs. Pp. 131-138.

“A Fable of the OC,” EconLib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2006/Mungeropportunitycost.html

“Public Policy Informatics: Does Better Information Produce Better Public Policy?” International Journal of Public Policy. 1 (September): 343-354

“Preference modification vs. incentive manipulation as tools of terrorist recruitment: The role of culture.” Public Choice. 128: 131-146.

“Rent Seek and You Will Find,” EconLib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN, http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2006/Mungerrentseeking.html


“19th Century Voting Procedures in a 21st Century World,” Public Choice, 124: 115-133.


Voter Uncertainty Can Produce Non-Single-Peaked But Not Cyclic Preferences: A Clue to Ross Perot?” (with Richard Potthoff). Journal of Politics. 67, 2 (May): 429-453.


“The Thing Itself.” EconLib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2005/Mungerthing.html


“In play: a commentary on strategies in the 2004 U.S. presidential election.” (with Jennifer Merolla and Michael Tofias). Public Choice. 123: 19-37.


“Democracy is a Means, Not an End.” EconLib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN. http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2005/Mungerdemocracy.html



"Commentary on 'The Quest for Meaning in Public Choice,' American Journal of Economics and Sociology,  63: 149-160. (Reprinted in Production and Diffusion of Public Choice,  Blackwell Publishers).

“Move to Markets? An Empirical Analysis of Privatization in Developing Countries.” (with Sudeshna Ghosh Banerjee). Journal of International Development. 16: 213-240.

Chadha v. INS: Policy-making Outside the Constitution.” (with Amy McKay) In Creating Constitutional Change, edited by Gregg Ivers and Kevin McGuire. Charlottesville: University of Virginia Press, pp. 93-105.

“Tragedy of the Malecon: Is Cuba ‘Domestic Politics?” EconLib, Liberty Fund, Indianapolis, IN. http://www.econlib.org/library/Columns/y2004/MungerCuba.html

“Economists & Fiscal Policy: Deficit or Deficiency?” Public Choice. 118: 235-249.



"Demobilized and  Demoralized: Negative Ads and Loosening Bonds,"  in Rational Foundations of Democratic Politics, co-edited by Albert Breton, Gianluigi Galeotti, Pierre Salmon, and Ronald Wintrobe. Pp. 15-29.  Cambridge University Press.

“Use of integer programming to optimize the scheduling of panels at annual meetings of the Public Choice Society,” (with Richard Potthoff), Public Choice 117: 163-175.

"State legislators' beliefs about legislation restricting youth access to tobacco products."  (with Gottlieb NH [first author], et al. Health Education & Behavior. V. 30, 2: 209-224.

Entries in Encyclopedia of Public Choice, Edited by Bruno Frey, Charles Rowley, and Friedrich Schneider.  Boston: Kluwer Academic Press.

·          "Committee Assignments" Vol 1: pp. 95-98 

·          "Committee Jurisdictions and PACs,” Vol 1: pp. 98-100

·          "Interest Groups," Vol. 1: pp. 307-12 

·          “Scholarly Legacy of Mancur Olson,” (w. MJ Hinich) Vol II: pp. 284-286

·          "Spatial Theory," (with Melvin Hinich) Vol II: pp. 305-312 

"Investigating the Incidence of Killer Amendments in Congress."  (with Jeffery A. Jenkins).  Journal of Politics 65-2: 498 - 517.


"Widening vs. Deepening the European Union:  An Institutional Analysis."  In Institutional Challenges in the European Union, (with Rachel Brewster and Thomas Oatley) edited by Madeline Hosli and Adrian van Deemen.  New York:  Cambridge University Press.  Pp. 48-64.

"Comment on 'Judicializing Politics, Politicizing Law', by John Ferejohn," in Special Issue: The Law of Politics, Law and Contemporary Problems. V. 65: 87-94.


“Institutions, Ideology, and the Transmission of Information Across Generations.”   (with Michael Ensley), in Constitutional Political Economy, edited by Ram MudambiCambridge University Press. 107-122.

“Voting.”  In William Shughart and Laura Razzolini (eds), Elgar Companion to Public Choice.  Edward Elgar Press.  197-239.


"The (un)Predictability of Primaries With Many Candidates: Simulation Evidence"  (with Alexandra Cooper).  Public Choice.  103:  337-355.

"Five Questions: An Integrated Research Agenda" Public Choice.  103:  1-12.

"Political Parties and Campaign Finance," Written Testimony, Rules and Administration Committee, U.S. Senate, April 5, 2000.  URL:  http://rules.senate.gov/hearings/2000/04500hrg.htm 

“The Downsian Model Predicts Divergence.”  (with Mark Berger and Richard Potthoff).  Journal of Theoretical Politics.  12:  78-90.

Analyzing Policy:  Choices, Conflicts, and Practice.  W.W. Norton and Co., Inc.

"Political Science and Fundamental Research."  PS:  Political Science and PoliticsSpecial Issue:  The Public Value of Political Science ResearchEdited by Arthur Lupia.  33:  25-33.


Pangloss was Right:  Reforming Congress is Useless, Too Expensive, or Harmful.” Duke Environmental Law and Policy Forum, v. 9, no. 1.

Empirical Studies in Comparative Politics (Coedited with Melvin Hinich), edited volume published by Kluwer Academic Publishers.

"Editors' Introduction: Special Issue on Empirical Studies in Comparative Politics" (with Melvin Hinich).  Public Choice.

"Ideology and the Construction of Nationality: The Canadian Elections of 1993" (with Melvin Hinich and Scott de Marchi). Public Choice.

"State legislators' perceptions of lobbyists and lobbying on tobacco control issues." (with J. Cohen, A. Goldstein, B. Flynn, N. Gottlieb, L. Solomon, G. Dana, and K. Baumann).  Tobacco Control.   6(4):332-6.

“First Branch, or Root?  Congress, the President, and Federal Reserve."  (with Irwin Morris).  Public Choice.”

"Predictors of State Legislators' Intentions to Vote for Cigarette Tax Increases." ( with Flynn BS, Goldstein AO, Solomon LJ, Bauman KE, Gottlieb NH, Cohen JE, and Dana GS).  Preventive Medicine. 27:157-165, 1998.


Analytical Politics (with Melvin Hinich), Cambridge University Press. April 1997.  (This book is reprinted in a Japanese language edition, by Keiso Shobo Publishers, in 1998). (Reprinted in a Spanish edition in 2001, and in a Korean edition, in 2007).

"The Prohibition Amendments: A Natural Experiment in Interest Group Influence." (with Thomas Schaller). Public Choice. 90 (1997): 139-163.

"State Legislators' Attitudes and Voting Intentions about Tobacco Control Legislation." (with A. Goldstein, J. Cohen, B. Flynn, N. Gottlieb, L. Solomon, G. Dana, and K. Baumann). American Journal of Public Health. July 1997.

"State Legislators' Intentions to Vote and Subsequent Votes on Tobacco Control Legislation." (with B. Flynn, G. Dana, A. Goldstein, J. Cohen, N. Gottlieb, L. Solomon, and K. Baumann). Health Psychology. 16(1997): 401-404.


"Win, Lose, or Withdraw: A Categorical Analysis of Career Patterns in the House of Representatives, 1948-1978" (with Dennis Coates) Public Choice 83: 91-115. (This paper won the "Duncan Black Award" for best paper published in Public Choice for 1995.)

"Legislative Voting and the Economic Theory of Politics." (with Dennis Coates) Southern Economic Journal. v. 61 (1995): 861-73.

"Strategizing in Small Group Decision Making: Host State Identification in the Southeast Compact" (with Dennis Coates) Public Choice. 82: 1-16




"The Determinants of Industry Political Activity, 1978 - 1986." (with Kevin Grier and Brian Roberts) American Political Science Review, 88: 911-932.

Single Prime and Multi-Prime Contracting in North Carolina Public Construction: A Report Submitted Under Contract to the N.C. State Building Commission. (with Frayda Bluestein, 43 pages). Raleigh, NC: State Building Commission, September.

"Not Equitable, Not Efficient: U.S. Policy on Low-Level Radioactive Waste Disposal" (with Dennis Coates and Victoria Heid) Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, 13: 526-541.

"Judicial Interpretation in the Face of Uncertainty: A Comment on Schwartz, Spiller, and Urbiztondo" Law and Contemporary Problems, 57: 87-90.

Ideology and the Theory of Political Choice, with Melvin J. Hinich. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press, 267 pages.

"Comparing Reelection Rates in the House and Senate," (with Kenneth Collier) Public Choice. 78:45-54.


"Corporate, Labor, and Trade Association Contributions to the U.S. House and Senate, 1978-1986," (with Kevin B. Grier) Journal of Politics 55: 615-44

"Doing Well While Intending Good: Exploitation and the Pareto Criterion," (with William C. Mitchell) Journal of Theoretical Politics 5:34-79.

"Political Ideology, Communication, and Community," (with Melvin J. Hinich), in William Barnett, Melvin Hinich, and Norman Schofield (eds.) Political Economy: Institutions, Competion, and Representation, Cambridge University Press, pp. 25-50.

"A Revised Probabilistic Spatial Model of Elections: Theory and Evidence," (with James Enelow and James Endersby), in Bernard Grofman (ed.) An Economic Theory of Democracy in Contemporary Perspective. University of Michigan Press, pp. 125-40.

"The Elements of Candidate Reputation: The Effect of Record and Credibility on Optimal Spatial Location," (with James Enelow) 77: 757-72 Public Choice.

"Committee Power and Value in the U.S. Senate: Implications for Policy," (with Gary M. Torrent) Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory. 3: 46-65.


"Guessing and Choosing: A Multicriterion Decision on a Disposal Technology for Low Level Radioactive Waste," (with Dennis Coates) Journal of Public Policy, 11: 275-289.

"The Spatial Theory of Ideology," (with Melvin J. Hinich) Journal of Theoretical Politics 4(January): 5-27.

The Disposal of Low-Level Radioactive Waste in America: Gridlock in the States, (with Dennis Coates and Victoria Heid), St. Louis, MO: Center for the Study of American Business.

"The Impact of Legislator Attributes on Union PAC Contributions," (with James Endersby) Journal of Labor Research. 12: 79-97.


"Economic Models of Interest Groups: An Introductory Survey," (with William Mitchell) American Journal of Political Science. 35: 512-546.

"The Industrial Organization of Corporate Political Activity," (with Kevin Grier and Brian Roberts) Southern Economic Journal. 57: 727-738.

"Committee Assignments, Constituent Preferences, and Campaign Contributions to House Incumbents," (with Kevin Grier). Economic Inquiry. 29: 24-43.


"Public Choice in Political Science," (with Jay Dow). PS: Political Science and Politics. 23: 604-610.

"Political and Economic Control of the Federal Reserve: A Review of the Literature," (with Brian E. Roberts) in Thomas Mayer (ed.), The Political Economy of Monetary Policy, Cambridge University Press.

"Shirking, Representation, and Congressional Behavior: Voting on the 1983 Amendments to the Social Security Act," (with Lilliard Richardson). Public Choice 67: 11-34.

"Allocation Patterns of PAC Monies: The U.S. Senate," (with Kevin Grier and Gary Torrent). Public Choice 67 : 111-128.


"A Simple Test of the Thesis that Committee Assignments Shape the Pattern of Corporate PAC Contributions," Public Choice 62: 181-186.

"Political Investment, Voter Perceptions, and Candidate Strategy: An Equilibrium Spatial Analysis," (with Melvin J. Hinich) in Peter Ordeshook (ed.) Models of Strategic Choice in Politics, Cambridge University Press, 49-68.

"Declining Electoral Competitiveness in the House of Representatives: the Differential Impact of Improved Transportation Technology." (with Douglas Hart). Public Choice 61: 217-231.

"Contributions, Expenditure, Turnout: The 1982 U.S. House Elections." (with Gary Cox), American Political Science Review 83: 217-231.

"The Rationality of Ideology," (with William R. Dougan) Journal of Law and Economics v. 32 : 213-239.


"Allocation of Desirable Committee Assignments: Extended Queues vs. Committee Expansion," American Journal of Political Science v. 32, no. 2:317-344.

"On the Political Participation of the Firm in the Electoral Process: An Update," Public Choice v. 56, No. 3: 295-298.


"The Impact of Legislative Attributes on Interest Group Contributions" (with Kevin B. Grier), Journal of Labor Research v. 7: 349-361.

"Legislators and Interest Groups: How Unorganized Interests Get Represented" (with Arthur T. Denzau), American Political Science Review v. 80: 89-106 (Reprinted in Robert M. Alexander, The Classics of Interest Group Behavior. (pp. 338-357). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Higher Ed Publishing, 2006.



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

"The Cost of Protectionism: Estimates of the Hidden Tax of Trade Restraints," in Joseph J. Norton (ed.) World Trade and Trade Finance. New York: Matthew Bender.


"On the Mutuality of Interest Between Bureaus and High Demand Review Committees: The Case of Joint Production." Public Choice v. 43, no. 2 : 211-216.

"Tax Implications of Reagan's Trade Policy," Policy Report, Cato Institute, February.

"The Costs of Protectionism, Analysis." Challenge 26, no. 6: 54-58.


Toward A More Open Trade Policy, (with Murray L. Weidenbaum and Ronald J. Penoyer), St. Louis, MO: Center for the Study of American Business, Formal Publication No. 53.

"Protectionism: Who Gets Protected?" with (Murray L. Weidenbaum), Consumer's Research Magazine (October) 16-19.

"Protection At Any Price?" (with Murray L. Weidenbaum), Regulation, (July/August). 54-61.

Have published more than fifty book reviews, in The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Southern Economic Journal, EH.NET, Public Choice, American Political Science Review, Journal of Politics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Independent Review, Journal of Labor Research, Regulation, Political Communication, and Journal of Policy Analysis and Management.

Have published more than one hundred and fifty articles in the popular press, including op-ed pieces in the New York Times, Raleigh News and Observer, Dallas Morning News,  Chronicle of Higher Education, Boston Globe, Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel, The Flame, and Durham Herald, and articles in Business and Society Review, Europe, Consumers' Research Magazine, Cato Policy Report, Regulation, New Sense, Reason, and Challenge.

Have given more than one thousand invited talks and lectures, including invited keynote addresses in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Chile, Argentina, England, France, Germany, Italy, Denmark, Austria, Ireland, and Australia.

Miscellaneous:  AAU Baseball Coach, Carolina Cardinals, 2002-2006. 

Ran for Governor of North Carolina in 2008 as a Libertarian, participating in 4 televised debates and securing 2.8% of the vote.

Member of Editorial Boards

  • American Journal of Political Science (1998-2000)
  • Constitutional Political Economy (2001-2003; 2005-present)
  • Journal of Politics (1992-1994, 1997-1999)
  • Political Research Quarterly (2000-2002)
  • Public Choice (1994-1998, 1999-present; Book Reviews Editor, 2004-2005)
  • Regulation (1999-present)


  • Available on request