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Now in a substantially revised and updated fifth edition, this bestselling work is the definitive text on globalization. Peter Dicken provides a comprehensive, balanced yet critical account of globalization processes and their sweeping, highly uneven effects on people's lives. Each timely chapter has been extensively rewritten to reflect current globalization and antiglobalization debates, the latest empirical developments, and new ideas about the shaping and reshaping of production, distribution, and consumption in the world economy.

New in the Fifth Edition
*An entirely new case study on the agro-foods industries
*A substantially expanded discussion of problems of global governance (involving such institutions as the WTO, the World Bank, and the IMF) and the increasing role of global civil society organizations
*All statistical materials have been updated and are presented in nearly 250 specially designed figures and tables
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Editorial Reviews

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"A comprehensive, balanced, thorough, interdisciplinary review of one of the critical issues of our time. A 'must' for anyone interested in globalization."--Stephen J. Kobrin, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

"Impressive in the extent of empirical research, Global Shift successfully captures the historical continuities and basic changes marking the world economy. Peter Dicken’s new edition is a vividly written guide to globalizing processes."--James H. Mittelman, School of International Service, American University

"Global Shift, Fifth Edition, remains the benchmark for studies of the geography of globalization. In accessible prose, Dicken presents tightly argued propositions about the emerging economic landscape. The fields of international business, economic geography, international relations, and economic sociology can profitably use the book to communicate the fundamentals of globalization. Clear, effective, and engaging case studies are ideal for classroom use. There is no other text with such a broad reach or appeal for anyone interested in understanding the contemporary international economy."--Amy K. Glasmeier, PhD, Department of Geography, Pennsylvania State University

"Global Shift just keeps on getting better. There is no other source that gives you the full story on globalization in such a fluent and authoritative way. This book is not just recommended, but essential."--Nigel Thrift, Vice-Chancellor, University of Warwick, UK

"With this edition of Global Shift, Dicken confirms his mastery as one of the preeminent authorities in the study of globalization. This careful and penetrating analysis of the complexities of a unifying world should prove a seminal text for students, scholars, and policymakers. If you wish to explore beyond 'flatland,' I can’t recommend a better source."--William E. Halal, PhD, Department of Management Science, George Washington University

"The fifth edition of Global Shift remains at the top of the ever more crowded field of globalization texts. Peter Dicken is a master of weaving together new theoretical arguments, visually compelling charts and graphs, and insightful industry case studies. If you had to use just one book to convey globalization's promise and perils, this is the book I would recommend."--Gary Gereffi, Department of Sociology and Center on Globalization, Governance and Competitiveness, Duke University

"This is the best textbook on the geography of economic globalization."--Petr Pavlinek, PhD, Department of Geography/Geology, University of Nebraska at Omaha

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781593854362
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/14/2007
  • Series: Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours Series
  • Edition description: Fifth Edition
  • Edition number: 5
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Dicken is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography in the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester, UK. He has held visiting academic appointments at universities and research institutes in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, and the United States, and lectured in many other countries throughout Europe and Asia. He is an Academician of the Social Sciences, is a recipient of the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

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Table of Contents

I. The Shifting Contours of the Global Economy
1. Questioning "Globalization"
2. Global Shift: The Changing Global Economic Map
II. Processes of Global Shift
3. Technological Change: "Gales of Creative Destruction"
4. Transnational Corporations: The Primary "Movers and Shapers" of the Global Economy
5. "Webs of Enterprise": The Geography of Transnational Production Networks
6. "The State Is Dead…Long Live the State"
7. "Doing It Their Way": Variations in State Economic Policies
8. Dynamics of Conflict and Collaboration:
The Uneasy Relationship between TNCs and States
III. The Picture in Different Sectors
9. "Fabric-ating Fashion": The Clothing Industries
10. "Wheels of Change": The Automobile Industry
11. "Chips with Everything": The Semiconductor Industry
12. "We Are What We Eat": The Agro-Food Industries
13. "Making the World Go Round": Financial Services
14. "Making the Connections, Moving the Goods":
The Logistics and Distribution Industries
IV. Winning and Losing in the Global Economy
15. Winning and Losing: An Introduction
16. Good or Bad?: Evaluating the Impact of TNCs
on Home and Host Economies
17. Making a Living in Developed Countries:
Where Will the Jobs Come From?
18. Making a Living in Developing Countries: Sustaining Growth, Enhancing Equity, Ensuring Survival
19. Making the World a Better Place

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