A Study of Growth and Decline. Urban Europe by Leo van den Berg

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Governmental policy can influence, directly or indirectly, the relative attractiveness of a location, and consequently the choice people make of residence and workplace. 3 to a discussion of the role of the government as an actor in the urban system. After a general analysis with the help of the set of concepts introduced earlier, urban policy and its instruments will be treated in detail. 3. The government as an actor in the urban system The role of the government in the urban development process differs from that of households and industries in Western Europe inasmuch as the The Actors in the Urban System 21 government is supposed to behave in the general interest rather than in its own.

The development and intensification of primarily industrial production damages the environment in a variety of ways. Accordingly, plans for the protection of natural ameni­ ties on national, regional, and agglomeration scale have been worked out. In some areas industrial development has been reduced, to the benefit of the tourism and agriculture on which the economic development of those areas depends. The stage which urban development has now reached makes it imperative for plans to be coordinated.

Those propensities in turn depend on the town's location in the national and international context, the physical circumstances, the facilities for the supply of raw materials and the dispatch of final products, and on factors of a more political nature 26 Urban Europe such as the policy pursued by the government with regard to industrialization and providing facilities for the establishment of industries and the expansion of towns. Together such factors constitute the conditions and limitations relevant to the locational behaviour of industries as described earlier.

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