The Randstad: A Research and Policy Laboratory

  • Frans M. Dieleman
  • Sako Musterd

Part of the The GeoJournal Library book series (GEJL, volume 20)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. F. M. Dieleman, S. Musterd
    Pages 1-16
  3. H. van der Wusten, A. Faludi
    Pages 17-38
  4. R. B. Jobse, S. Musterd
    Pages 39-64
  5. F. M. Dieleman, R. E. van Engelsdorp Gastelaars
    Pages 65-95
  6. R. C. Kloosterman, J. G. Lambooy
    Pages 123-139
  7. P. Rietveld, W. Stam
    Pages 141-163
  8. A. P. N. Nauta, H. van der Wusten
    Pages 219-236
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 263-265

About this book


Randstad Holland is the urbanized western part of the Netherlands. It contains the four largest cities of the country: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague and Utrecht. The name Randstad (rim city) refers to the distinctive shape of the conurbation, a horseshoe of cities around an open agricultural and recreational area, known as the Green Heart.
This book analyzes the restructuring of the region. The volume summarizes the research of the Urban Networks research program. The discussion is focused on four themes: housing, labor market and employment, infrastructure and transportation, and the provision of public services. The Randstad is internationally known as the playground of urban and regional planners. Their debates on present policy issues are extensively reviewed in the book.
Teachers and students of urban change and planning, and policy makers and planners in The Netherlands and abroad will find much valuable information in this book.


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Editors and affiliations

  • Frans M. Dieleman
    • 1
    • 3
  • Sako Musterd
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Geographical SciencesUniversity of UtrechtThe Netherlands
  2. 2.Center for Metropolitan ResearchUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands
  3. 3.Dutch Urban Networks Research ProgramThe Netherlands
  4. 4.Faculty of Environmental SciencesUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1992
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-90-481-4138-8
  • Online ISBN 978-94-017-3448-6
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-5499
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