chapter  17
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Regional Reform in the Netherlands: Reorganizing the Viscous State

The most important developments in this respect are: the growth of international transport, communication and trade; the shift from a Fordist to a post-Fordist economy and the related arrival of 'just in time' principles for production and distribution; the intensification of competition between European cities and regions; and the growth of polycentric 'urban fields' and the blurring of the traditional town/ country distinction. These developments - supported by technological innovation in the fields of communication and transportation and facilitated by the removal of institutional barriers in business and public administration - are highly relevant to cities and regions in the Netherlands (Cortie, 1991; Jobse and Musterd, 1994).