Department of the Interior: Further Reading

  • Chris Edwards

General Resources

Cato Institute. Cato provides research on natural resources and federal land policies.

Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. The CFDA website has descriptions of Interior’s subsidy programs.

Congressional Research Service. Reports from CRS on Interior programs are available here.

Government Accountability Office. Reports from GAO on Interior programs are available here.

Political Economy Research Center. Reports from PERC examine various Interior issues, such as federal land management, water policies, and Indian reservations.

Robert H. Nelson, “How to Dismantle the Interior Department,” Competitive Enterprise Institute, June 1995.

Robert M. Utley and Barry Mackintosh, “The Department of Everything Else: Highlights of Interior History,” Department of the Interior, 1989. 

U.S. Department of the Interior. The department’s website provides information on its activities and programs.

U.S. Department of the Interior. The Office of Inspector General investigates waste, fraud, and abuse in the department’s programs.

Land Management

Terry L. Anderson, Vernon L. Smith, and Emily Simmons, “How and Why to Privatize Federal Lands,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 363, November 9, 1999.

Steve H. Hanke, “The Privatization Debate: An Insider’s View,” Cato Journal 2, no. 3 (Winter 1982).

Robert H. Nelson, Public Lands and Private Rights (Lanham, Maryland: Rowman and Littlefield, 1995).

Randal O’Toole, “A Matter of Trust: Why Congress Should Turn Federal Lands into Fiduciary Trusts,” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 630, January 15, 2009.

Randal O’Toole, “Should Congress Transfer Federal Lands to the States?” Cato Institute Policy Analysis no. 276, July 3, 1997.

Bureau of Reclamation

Terry L. Anderson, Brandon Scarborough, and Reed Watson, Tapping Water Markets (Washington: Resources for the Future, 2012).

Terry L. Anderson and Pamela Snyder, Water Markets (Washington: Cato Institute, 1997).

Terry L. Anderson, Water Crisis: Ending the Policy Drought (Washington: Cato Institute, 1983).

Bureau of Reclamation, “Brief History,” January 2011.

Congressional Budget Office, “How Federal Policies Affect the Allocation of Water,” August 2006.

Congressional Budget Office, “Water Use Conflicts in the West,” August 1997.

Peter J. Hill, “The Bureau of Reclamation as a Bad Public Good,” Northwestern University School of Law, Searle Center, September 16, 2008.

Marc Reisner, Cadillac Desert (New York: Penguin Books, 1993).

Richard W. Wahl, Markets for Federal Water: Subsidies, Property Rights, and the Bureau of Reclamation (Washington: Resources for the Future, 1989).

Indian Affairs

Terry Anderson and Dominic Parker, “Un-American Reservations,” Hoover Institution, February 24, 2011.

Terry L. Anderson, Bruce Benson, and Thomas E. Flanagan, Self-Determination: The Other Path for Native Americans (Stanford, California: Stanford University, 2006).

Donald L. Bartlett and James B. Steele, “Indian Casinos: Who Gets the Money,” Time, December 16, 2002.

Indian Trust Settlement,

National Indian Gaming Commission,

Carlos L. Rodriguez, Craig S. Galbraith, and Curt H. Stiles, “American Indian Collectivism,” Political Economy Research Center, Summer 2006.


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