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    Cities and regions have long captured the imagination of sociologists, economists, and urbanists. From Alfred Marshall to Robert Park and Jane Jacobs, cities have been seen as cauldrons of diversity and difference and as fonts for creativity and innovation. Yet until recently, social scientists concerned with regional growth and development have focused mainly on the role of firms in cities, and particularly on how these firms make location decisions and to what extent they concentrate together in agglomerations or clusters. This short article summarizes recent advances in our thinking about cities and communities, and does so particularly in light of themes advanced in my recently published book, The Rise of the Creative Class, which focuses on diversity and creativity as basic drivers of innovation and regional and national growth. This line of work further suggests the need for some conceptual refocusing and broadening to account for the location decisions of people as opposed to those of firms as sources of regional and national economic growth. In doing so, this article hopes to spur wider commentary and debate on the critical functions of cities and regions in 21st century creative capitalism.


Richard Florida
Copyright 2004, Richard Florida. Dit artikel wordt gepubliceerd in overeenstemming met Susan Schulman, A Literary Agency, New York. Adres: H. John Heinz School of Public Policy and Management, Carnegie Mellon University, 4800 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburg, PA 15213, Verenigde Staten, e-mail: florida@cmu.edu

    In managing new cleavages between conflicting values (such as materialism and post-materialism), we cannot simply fall back on a classical approach to cleavage management. The segments surrounding the new cleavage are clearly more fluid than those surrounding the religious or socio-economic cleavages from consociationalism and neo-corporatism, such as is rightly emphasised in the network approach. In the conflict between the materialist and post-materialist value pattern, representation logic is not a given certainty. Not only the facts, but also the negotiating players and the decision-making arenas are the subject of negotiation and strategic action. This is reflected in the new forms of consultation politics. Similarly, consensus formation cannot make do with the (party) political integration of the segments because, given the conditions of post-materialism, this integration can only be partial. It seems important in the new cleavage management to devote attention to the existence of several arenas in which political interests are weighed up. For the players involved in a particular policy issue, this means the lure of strategic forum shopping and thus complication of the conflict-resolving ability of each of the forums.


Johan Weggeman
Johan Weggeman is verbonden aan de opleiding bestuurskunde van de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Hij studeerde politicologie aan de Universiteit Leiden en promoveerde als bestuurskundige aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. De titel van zijn proefschrift luidt Controversiƫle Besluitvorming (Lemma 2003). Adres: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, opleiding bestuurskunde, postbus 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam, tel: 010 4082635, e-mail: weggeman@fsw.eur.nl

    The creation of quasi-autonomous organizations has spread throughout the western world. Flanders and the Netherlands both have a longstanding tradition of putting policy execution at arms' length, thereby creating so-called voi's and zbo's respectively. This raises the question whether there are comparable trajectories, forms, developments and political considerations. By comparing the developments in both countries the authors seek an answer to this question.

    The establishment of quangos was very popular until the mid 1990s. However, in both countries a countermovement can be seen. The creation of quangos is believed to lead to problems for political control. Both governments have taken several measures to solve these issues.

    The comparison shows that there are indeed many similarities, but also reveals interesting differences. There is no comprehensive convergence between the two neighbours. These differences are the result of differences in the politico-administrative system and the institutional culture.


Koen Verhoest
Dr. Koen Verhoest is onderzoeker en projectleider aan het Instituut voor de Overheid van de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. Hij heeft diverse publicaties op zijn naam, onder meer over de sturing van verzelfstandigde organisaties (in het Vlaams Tijdschrift voor Overheidsmanagement en met Geert Bouckaert in een boek van Yvonne Fortin), over coƶrdinatie binnen de overheid (twee boeken bij Die Keure en Academia Press), over kerntaken tussen overheidsniveaus en tussen publieke en private actoren (twee boeken bij Academia Press en bij de Hoge Raad voor Binnenlands Bestuur). Adres: Instituut voor de Overheid, Van Evenstraat 2A, 3000 Leuven e-mail: verhoest@soc.kuleuven.ac.be

Sandra van Thiel
Dr. Sandra van Thiel is universitair docent Bestuurskunde aan de Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Zij heeft diverse publicaties op haar naam over verzelfstandiging zowel over zbo's (met Van Buuren in Bestuurswetenschappen), agentschappen (met Smullen en Pollitt in b en m) als over gemeentelijke verzelfstandiging (in Beleidswetenschap). Adres: Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam, postbus 1738, kamer M8-27, 3000 DR Rotterdam e-mail: vanthiel@fsw.eur.nl
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Stelsel-matig hervormen

Tijdschrift Beleid en Maatschappij, Aflevering 4 2004
Auteurs Kim Putters, Jan-Kees Helderman en Tom van der Grinten
Samenvatting

    There is probably no other sector of the welfare state where the gap between citizen's expectations and government's opportunities is deepening so intensely and has such a complex and politicized reform agenda as the health care sector. Health care is a critical case par excellence to study the relation between efficiency and legitimization of welfare state reform. The leading question of this special issue of Beleid & Maatschappij is: how does the Dutch health care system and the connected public policymaking accommodate the different and often conflicting goals (input), organizing concepts (throughput) and outcomes (output)? With these questions in mind the dominant governance principles of Dutch health care, especially the system of regulated competition, are scrutinized. One of the findings is, that 'second best' solutions are the highest achievable in this field, a notion that reform policies should take into account.


Kim Putters

Jan-Kees Helderman

Tom van der Grinten

    This article provides an overview of the various initiatives in the past decades to measure the outcomes of health care systems from a public health perspective. It is described how on the one hand the performance measurement techniques and its associated indicators have become more sophisticated over the years but on the other hand how the indicators meet difficulties in being incorporated in policy and management by policymakers and politicians. The present health care reform in The Netherlands will enforce the debate on competing health care outcomes (effectiveness, efficiency, equity). Steps are described how to take the steering on health outcomes as a more central notion in health system redesign.


Niek Klazinga
Niek Klazinga is hoofd van de afdeling Sociale Geneeskunde van het Academisch Medisch Centrum en hoogleraar Sociale Geneeskunde aan de Universiteit van Amsterdam. Zijn onderzoek concentreert zich op gezondheidszorgonderzoek met speciale aandacht voor kwaliteit van zorg. Adres Niek Klazinga: Afdeling Sociale Geneeskunde, Universiteit van Amsterdam. Postbus 22660, 1100 DD Amsterdam.

Johan Mackenbach
Johan Mackenbach is hoogleraar Maatschappelijke Gezondheidszorg en hoofd van het Instituut Maatschappelijke Gezondheidszorg van het Erasmus MC Rotterdam. Zijn onderzoek richt zich met name op volksgezondheidsvraagstukken en op sociaal-economische verschillen in gezondheid en gebruik van zorg. Adres Johan Mackenbach: Afdeling Maatschappe-lijke Gezondheidszorg, Erasmus MC, Erasmus Universiteit Rotterdam. Postbus 1738, 3000 DR Rotterdam.
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