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OECD Reviews of Regulatory Reform: Regulatory Reform in the Netherlands 1999
OECD. Published by : OECD Publishing , Publication date:  10 Sep 1999
Pages: 284 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264170742 , OECD Code: 421999021P1
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The Dutch experience in regulatory reform has vital lessons about the modernisation of the European welfare state and its integration into the European single market. Regulatory reform is the most recent element in the reshaping of the Dutch model. Following reforms to labour markets and the social welfare system in the 1980s, Dutch governments in the 1990s have sought a "new balance between protection and dynamism" based on competition policy, regulatory reform, and market openness. Today, the Netherlands ranks among the top OECD countries by many measures of economic performance, including employment growth. Though still in its early phases, regulatory reform has already produced major gains for the Netherlands in terms of competitiveness, flexibility, and consumer benefits. Yet major challenges are still to be faced. Some important reforms have been slow, indicating that the balance between domestic consensus-building and policy responsiveness is still being adjusted in the modern Dutch model. Further reforms in many areas will bring important gains in boosting the employment rate, improving sectoral performance, and providing social protection at lower cost. The Netherlands is one of the first OECD countries to request a broad review by the OECD of its national regulatory practices and domestic regulatory reforms. This report -- the result of intensive assessment by the OECD and review by its Member countries -- is unique in that it presents an integrated assessment of regulatory reform in framework areas such as the macroeconomic context, the quality of the public sector, competition policy and enforcement, and integration of market openness principles in regulatory processes, and in sectors such as electricity and telecommunications. The policy recommendations present a balanced plan of action for both short and longer-term based on best international regulatory practices. Further Reading In the same series: Regulatory Reform in Japan, Regulatory Reform in Mexico and Regulatory Reform in the United States. The general policy analysis that is the basis for these country reviews is presented in the OECD Report on Regulatory Reform: Synthesis, and the supporting two-volume OECD Report on Regulatory Reform: Sectoral and Thematic Studies, published in 1997.

Table of contents:

Executive Summary
Chapter 1. Regulatory Reform in the Netherlands
Chapter 2. Government Capacity to Assure High Quality Regulation
Chapter 3. The Role of Competition Policy in Regulatory Reform
Chapter 4. Enhancing Market Openness through Regulatory Reform
Chapter 5. Regulatory Reform in the Electricity Industry
Chapter 6. Regulatory Reform in the Telecommunications Industry
Chapter 7. Conclusions and Policy Options for Regulatory Reform in the Netherlands
Annex: Other Figures
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