This book is about Dutch strategic planning. Although the Netherlands is often considered a planner's paradise, it should be realized that it is one that is carefully constructed and maintained by the planners themselves. In discussing national planning, and in this framework provincial and local planning, the authors invoke the notion of planning doctrine. Planning doctrine encompasses a definitive view of what the country should look like. In the Dutch case this entails preserving a distinct pattern of urban settlements called `Randstad' enclosing the open area in the middle called the `Green Heart'. Doctrine also addresses how government should pursue its policies in the face of mounting pressure. By means of the `planning doctrine' planners are stimulating public support. This book comprises the origin and establishment of the `doctrine' up to and including the Fourth Report on National Physical Planning. This book will be of interest to scientists, researchers and practitioners in urban, regional and strategic planning, urban and social history, social geography, public administration and policy sciences.
Preface. Part 1: Background. 1. The Concept of Planning Doctrine. 2. Context and Roots of Strategic Planning. Part 2: The Unfolding of Planning. 3. 'Planning is like Pregnancy, You can't Have just a Little'. 4. The Morning After: May 10th, 1940 and the Consequences. Part 3: Reconstruction. 5. Thinking on One's Feet. 6. A New Rationale. Part 4: The Heyday. 7. Planners find their Feet. 8. Doctrine at the Zenith. 9. Provincial Planning the Linchpin? 10. The Taste of Success. Part 5: Crisis and Response. 11. The Seeds of Doubt. 12. Forward Defense. 13. A Return to the Roots? Part 6: Conclusions. 14. Sharing the Blame (but not the Glory?) 15. Lessons. Note on English Literature on Dutch Planning. Bibliography of Works in English. Footnotes. Index.
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