Challenges to National Urban Policies in the Netherlands

Jan van der Meer*, Erik Braun*

*Corresponding author af dette arbejde

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Recently, a new consensus about the role of cities as the motors of the regional, national and European economy has emerged. However, there is also substantial evidence that social problems are growing in many cities. Linking economic competitiveness to increasing social inclusion is a crucial challenge for policy-makers at all levels of government. The article intends to shed light on the way the Dutch central government tries to support cities to develop into sustainable, vital, complete and competitive entities. As response to a powerful plea by the largest cities themselves, an integrated policy (linking spatial, economic, social, environmental and safety policies) explicitly focused on cities, was given shape. Prime issues are covenants between central government and each city, based on tailor-made long-term strategies, including measurable objectives. To get a clear picture of the policy’s effectiveness – after 13 years of experience – appears to be difficult. Reviewers argue that a lot of aspects could be improved. For the current phase most of these comments have been taken into account.
TidsskriftRaumforschung und Raumordnung
Udgave nummer2
Sider (fra-til)178-190
Antal sider23
StatusUdgivet - 2008
Udgivet eksterntJa


  • The Netherlands
  • National urban policy
  • Integrated urban development
  • Lisbon Agenda