Terry Anderson

John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow
Biography: 

Terry L. Anderson has been a senior fellow at the Hoover Institution since 1998 and is currently the John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow. He is the past president of the Property and Environment Research Center in Bozeman, MT, and a Professor Emeritus at Montana State University where he won many teaching awards during his 25 year career.

Anderson is one of the founders of “free market environmentalism,” the idea of using markets and property rights to solve environmental problems, and in 2015 published the third edition of his co-authored book by that title. He is author or editor of 39 books, including most recently, Unlocking the Wealth of Indian Nations (2016), exploring the institutional underpinnings of American Indian reservation economies.

In addition to publishing in professional journals, Terry Anderson speaks around the world and is often featured in the popular press, including frequent editorials in the Wall Street Journal. Dr. Anderson received his Ph.D. from the University of Washington in 1972 and has been a visiting scholar at Oxford University, Basel University, Clemson University, and Cornell, and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

Terry is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys fly fishing, hiking, skiing, horseback riding, and archery hunting.

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The Bonds Of Colonialism

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Defining Ideas
Friday, April 26, 2019

American Indians as Wards of the State.

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Hoover Panelists Address Prosperity In The Last 100 Years

featuring George P. Shultz, Terry Anderson, John F. Cogan, Lee Ohanian, Peter M. Robinson, Hoover Institutionvia Stanford Daily
Thursday, April 18, 2019

“If students here could take anything away from this right now — you have no idea how much us old guys up here suffered to make your lives better,” Peter M. Robinson said, as the audience broke into laughter. Robinson’s lighthearted sentiment echoed the more serious issues of standards of living and sustained financial prosperity addressed in the Hoover Institution’s panel discussion on Thursday, the second in a three-part centennial speaker series, A Century of Ideas for a Free Society.

In the News

Lewis Honors College To Host Talk On 'Free Market Environmentalism'

featuring Terry Andersonvia University of Kentucky News
Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Terry Anderson, a senior fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution, will give a talk this week as part of the University of Kentucky Lewis Honors College's Speaker Series.

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United States Supreme Court Justices Neil Gorsuch And Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Champions Of Individual Rights

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Indian Country Today
Monday, April 8, 2019

Justice Ginsburg joined Justice Gorsuch and three other liberal colleagues in supporting the individual rights of the Yakama Nation in the Washington State Department of Licensing v. Cougar Den, Inc taxation case — significant because of her history of opposing tribal sovereignty

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Native American Heritage: It’s Not What You Think

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Defining Ideas
Tuesday, February 12, 2019

The ideas defining a free Native American society.

Interviews

Terry Anderson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 1)

interview with Terry Andersonvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 4, 2019

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Anderson discusses his Defining Ideas article "Restoring Tribal Economies."

Interviews

Terry Anderson On The John Batchelor Show (Part 2)

interview with Terry Andersonvia The John Batchelor Show
Monday, February 4, 2019

 Hoover Institution fellow Terry Anderson discusses his Defining Ideas article "Restoring Tribal Economies."

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Make the Outdoors Great Again

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 25, 2019

Our national parks need capital, not stingy congressional handouts. Modest increases in entrance fees—and perhaps sponsorships?—could provide the money they need without adding to the federal debt.

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Perspectives On Policy: Free Market Environmentalism

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Most environmental problems result from the tragedy of the commons. The typical response to environmental issues is to turn to government regulation. In contrast, free market environmentalism embraces the lessons of markets by defining and enforcing property rights to prevent overconsumption or other negative outcomes.

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Between Environmentalists And Energy Developers, Zinke Shot Down Environmental Center

by Terry Andersonvia The Hill
Wednesday, December 19, 2018
If environmental left means “leave it in the ground,” a chant from the Poland climate talks, and environmental right means dig it and pump it without regard for water and wildlife, Ryan Zinke’s tenure as Interior Secretary is best characterized as environmental center.

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