1. Introduction

  1. Timothy C. Haas

Published Online: 12 JAN 2011

DOI: 10.1002/9780470979334.ch1

Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models

Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models

How to Cite

Haas, T. C. (2011) Introduction, in Improving Natural Resource Management: Ecological and Political Models, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470979334.ch1

Author Information

  1. Sheldon B. Lubar School of Business, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 JAN 2011
  2. Published Print: 4 MAR 2011

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470661130

Online ISBN: 9780470979334



  • ecosystem management tool (EMT);
  • Monte Carlo (MC) hypothesis-testing procedure;
  • political—ecological system;
  • statistical hypothesis testing


This is the introductory chapter of this book, which proposes a two-step procedure: first understand how the political—ecological system works at a mechanistic level and then begin a search for management plans that require the least change in human belief systems to effect behavioral changes that result in a sequence of actions that leads to the survival of the species being managed. The book describes an Ecosystem Management Tool (EMT) that links political processes and political goals to ecosystem processes and ecosystem health goals. A method is needed for determining whether a proposed model modification that improves the model’s construct validity is also consistent with observations. For this purpose, a Monte Carlo (MC) hypothesis-testing procedure has been built into the book’s EMT that allows an analyst to use statistical hypothesis testing to assess such modifications. The chapter presents an overview of how the other chapters of the book are organised.

Controlled Vocabulary Terms

hypothesis testing; Monte Carlo methods