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


  • Batabyal, Amitrajeet A.
  • Beladi, Hamid


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.

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  • Batabyal, Amitrajeet A. & Beladi, Hamid, 2011. "Ecological, Economic, and New Synthetic Perspectives in Range Management: An Interpretative Essay," International Review of Environmental and Resource Economics, now publishers, vol. 5(2), pages 147-198, May.
  • Handle: RePEc:now:jirere:101.00000041

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    Complex adaptive system; Ecological/economic system; Multiple use; Rangeland; Stocking rate;

    JEL classification:

    • Q24 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Renewable Resources and Conservation - - - Land
    • Q57 - Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics; Environmental and Ecological Economics - - Environmental Economics - - - Ecological Economics
    • D81 - Microeconomics - - Information, Knowledge, and Uncertainty - - - Criteria for Decision-Making under Risk and Uncertainty


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