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Ecological, Economic, and New Synthetic Perspectives in Range Management: An Interpretative Essay

Amitrajeet A. Batabyal, Department of Economics, Rochester Institute of Technology, USA, aabgsh@rit.edu Hamid Beladi, Department of Economics, University of Texas at San Antonio, USA, Hamid.Beladi@utsa.edu
 
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Amitrajeet A. Batabyal and Hamid Beladi (2011), "Ecological, Economic, and New Synthetic Perspectives in Range Management: An Interpretative Essay", International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics: Vol. 5: No. 2, pp 147-198. http://dx.doi.org/10.1561/101.00000041

Published: 23 May 2011
© 2011 A. A. Batabyal and H. Beladi
 
Subjects
Environmental Economics
 
Keywords
Q24Q57D81
Complex adaptive systemEcological–economic systemMultiple useRangelandStocking rate
 

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In this article:
1 Introduction
2 Range Ecology and Management
3 Range Economics and Management
4 International Range Management
5 New Synthetic Perspectives
6 Conclusions
References

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to analytically review the contemporary scientific literature in range management. To this end, we first focus on the ecology and the management of rangelands. Second, we concentrate on the economics and the management of rangelands. Third, we shed light on significant current issues in range management in countries outside the United States. Fourth, we highlight what is now often referred to as the "new range science" with its nonequilibrium view of rangelands and then we use the perspectives offered by this new science and the notion of resilience to view rangelands as both ecological–economic systems and as complex adaptive systems. Finally, we conclude our review prospectively by making four suggestions for future research in range management.

DOI:10.1561/101.00000041