Terry Anderson

John and Jean De Nault Senior Fellow

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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Dark Green Money

by Terry Andersonvia The Washington Times
Monday, June 25, 2018

In his review of “Dark Money: The Hidden History of the Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right,” environmental writer Bill McKibben condemns moguls such as the Koch brothers for hiding “their contributions through outfits like DonorsTrust.” In other words, according to Mr. McKibben, DonorsTrust, which is “committed to the principles of limited government, personal responsibility and free enterprise,” is a conservative dark money conduit.


Sea Level Rise Is Pushing Coastal Property Owners To Move To Higher Ground

by Terry Andersonvia CNN
Sunday, June 3, 2018

Despite the apocalyptic drumbeat from climate scientists, most Americans remain skeptical that climate change is the "most urgent threat facing our entire species," as actor Leonardo DiCaprio argues. According to a 2017 Yale poll, only 20% of Americans were "very worried" about global warming. Moreover, a Pew survey found that only 39% of Americans trust scientists "a lot" for "full and accurate information about the causes of global climate change."

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Office Hours: Terry Anderson On Free Market Environmentalism

by Terry Andersonvia PolicyEd
Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Terry Anderson responds to your questions on free market environmentalism.

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The National Parks Fee Hike

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, May 3, 2018

If they are “America’s best idea,” shouldn’t we be willing to pay for them?


Trump Is Reorganizing The Public Land Leviathan - And DC Bureaucrats Are Not Happy

by Terry Andersonvia Fox News
Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Not since the Reagan administration has the Secretary of Interior received so much attention. Then Reagan’s interior secretary, James Watt, without the aid of a Twitter account, polarized the electorate saying there are “liberals and Americans.” That and other provocative statements led Time Magazine to include him in its list of the “Top 10 Worst Cabinet Members.”


How California Can Stave Off Day Zero

by Terry Anderson, Henry I. Miller quoting Gary D. Libecapvia City-Journal
Thursday, March 1, 2018

Allowing markets to allocate water would result in more efficient use—and greater supply.

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Land of Many Uses?

by Terry Andersonvia Hoover Digest
Friday, January 26, 2018

Public lands should be public—not private playgrounds. The administration’s scrutiny of national monuments could restore this principle. 

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Trump’s Environmental Federalism

by Terry Andersonvia Defining Ideas
Thursday, January 25, 2018

Centralized land management undermines state economies and local land-use decisions.

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Restoring Tribal Economies

by Terry Anderson, Wendy Purnellvia Defining Ideas
Wednesday, December 20, 2017

Colonial-era policies and paternalism distort markets on Native American reservations.