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OECD Territorial Reviews: Netherlands 2014
OECD Publishing , Publication date:  06 Jun 2014
Pages: 316 , Language: English
Version: Print (Paperback) + PDF
ISBN: 9789264209510 , OECD Code: 042014021P1
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The Dutch economy has been traditionally very competitive among OECD countries. The global financial crisis however has brought new challenges, especially during the second shock, from 2011 onwards. The government’s recovery plan, which includes various measures such as fiscal consolidation, stimulating innovation and sub-national government reform has an important territorial dimension. This review focuses on how sub-national institutions and development can help the Netherlands meet its challenges. In the short-term, factors such as the contribution of all regions, better use of resources, and more efficient provision of goods and services can help the recovery. In the long term, improving national competitiveness will largely depend on a strong performance of the polycentric city structure, which characterises the Netherlands. The key policy areas explored in this review include: the recently created top-sector innovation policy; decentralisation; and territorial reforms such as municipal and provincial re-scaling through mergers or co-operation.

Table of contents:

Acronyms and abbreviations 11
Executive summary 15
Assessment and Recommendations17
Chapter 1. Regional development trends in the Netherlands 29
-The Netherlands’ macroeconomic performance 30
-Administrative areas and regions 42
-How are the Netherlands’ regions and functional urban areas performing? 63
-What are the drivers of regional growth in the Netherlands? 76
-Annex 1.A1. OECD regional classification and typology 108
-Annex 1.A2. Defining OECD functional urban areas 109
-Annex 1.A3. Methodology for decomposing the factors of growth 111
-Annex 1.A4. Methodology for geographic concentration and regional inequality indexes 115
-Bibliography 116
Chapter 2. Exploiting policy complementarities for regional development in the Netherlands 119
-Introduction 120
-Dutch spatial planning and infrastructure policy 126
-Innovation policy in the Netherlands 134
-The role of the European Union in regional development 156
-Cross-border policy 164
-National urban and rural policy section 167
-Towards a smart policy mix for Dutch regional economic development 179
-Bibliography 193
Chapter 3. Multi-level governance challenges in the Netherlands 199
-How is governance organised in the Netherlands? 200
-On-going decentralisation reform in the Netherlands 229
-Ongoing territorial reform in the Netherlands: The re-scaling challenge 258
-Possible gaps and key challenges for the Dutch subnational government reform 285
-Bibliography 308

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