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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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.

Terry Anderson in Pasadena 2019
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Terry Anderson: Renewing Indigenous Economies

interview with Terry Andersonvia Fellow Talks
Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Ideas Defining a Free Society for Indigenous People.

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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Adapting To Wildfires

by Terry Anderson, Andrew Plantingavia The Washington Times
Monday, December 10, 2018

While Gov. Jerry Brown blames the horrific death toll from California’s late-season wildfires, he and the state’s lawmakers have done little to discourage people from building homes in high-risk wildfire zones known as the wildland-urban interface (WUI). By shifting the cost of wildfire prevention and protection to general taxpayers, they send the wrong signals about risk to WUI homeowners.

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Searching for Higher Ground

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Monday, October 29, 2018

The market, not regulations, will teach us how to manage rising seas and temperatures.

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Why Grizzly Bear Hunting Season Isn’t Happening

by Terry Andersonvia The Hill
Saturday, October 13, 2018

Just days before the first grizzly bear hunting seasons in decades were set to open in Idaho and Wyoming in early September, U.S. District Judge Dana Christensen put the seasons on hold and then stopped them altogether on Sept. 24 by returning grizzlies to the endangered species list. Environmentalists heralded the decision saying it was necessary to protect the bears while politicians, such as Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, proclaimed, “the grizzly is recovered in Wyoming. Period."

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