Global Shift, Fourth Edition: Reshaping the Global Economic Map in the 21st Century

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Overview

'It just keeps getting better... If there was a word beyond definitive, then that would be the word I would be using here' - Professor Nigel Thrift, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol

'Global Shift shatters our easy slogans about globalization, corporations, and nations with bold new insights... Peter Dicken has created a powerful conceptual framework not to be missed by those who hope to grasp the logic of this emerging global order' - William E Halal, School of Business and Public Management, George Washington University

'Dicken identifies both states and transnational corporations as the two key actors in the multiple processes of restructuring and institutionalization that we usually call the global economy. In so doing he has written a political economy of globalization and produced a far more comprehensive account than is typically the case in books about the global economy, most of which tend to confine the analysis to firms and markets' - Saskia Sassen, author of Global Networks, Linked Cities

This Fourth Edition of Global Shift - now a standard work on globalization - has been completely updated and thoroughly revised.

Students and tutors can return time and again to this volume which offers:

• a detailed account of the theories informing the globalization debate

• a comprehensive discussion of the interplay between transnational corporations, states, and changing technologies

• sectoral case studies, including services, each of which illustrates the processes of globalization in different ways

• a much-expanded discussion of inequality,development, environment, and governance

Global Shift provides the reader with the tools and information needed to assess key features of globalization and contains:

• examples drawn from around the world

• use of comparative examples and data

• over 250 especially commissioned maps, graphs, tables and diagrams

• notes for further reading at the end of each chapter

• an extensive bibliography

Preoccupation with the 'global' is an emblematic feature of our time. While much of the literature is stronger on hype than on reality, the totally revised and updated Fourth Edition of Global Shift takes a more balanced view of globalization. It identifies both the massive changes that continue to transform the world economy and affect local communities across the globe, and the complex processes involved. It focuses on the interrelated actions of transnational corporations and states within a volatile technological environment. Richly illustrated, this bestselling cross-disciplinary book provides a unique approach to one of the key issues of the new millennium.

Offering the reader all the tools needed to understand and critically assess globalization, Global Shift is the essential resource for all students in the social sciences. It is designed to be used for introductory, undergraduate and postgraduate courses in economic geography, sociology, political science and international relations, management and international business studies.

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"It just keeps getting better. This latest edition of Global Shift is the best yet. The new material has added substantially to a book that was already the first destination for those who wanted a balanced view of the global economy and its geography. If there were a word beyond definitive, then that would be the word I would use here."--Professor Nigel Thrift, School of Geographical Sciences, University of Bristol, UK

"Global Shift shatters our easy slogans about globalization, corporations, and nations with bold new insights--modern economies are complex networks of productive processes that are both local and global, technology acts as a 'great growling engine of change,' corporations and governments form clusters of conflict and cooperation at the micro, meso, and macro levels. Peter Dicken has created a powerful conceptual framework not to be missed by those who hope to grasp the logic of this emerging global order."--William E. Halal, School of Business and Public Management, George Washington University

"Dicken identifies states and transnational corporations as the two key actors in the multiple processes of restructuring and institutionalization that we usually call the global economy. In so doing, he has written a political economy of globalization and produced a far more comprehensive account than is typically the case in books about the global economy, most of which tend to confine the analysis to firms and markets."--Saskia Sassen, Ralph Lewis Professor of Sociology, The University of Chicago

"In these uncertain times, it is reassuring to have Peter Dicken as our guide to the world economy. No other commentator has his eye equally attuned to both the big picture of global corporations and capital flows, and the fascinating stories of local places, people, and industries. In this new edition of Global Shift, Dicken shows us once again why he has become one of the most respected social scientists studying the world of global business and economy."--Meric Gertler, Department of Geography, University of Toronto, Canada

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Introduces students to the economic, political, and technological processes that are creating global shifts in economic activity and affecting local communities. Focus is on the interrelated actions of transnational corporations and states within a volatile technological environment. This third edition contains new chapters, and emphasizes the geographical uneveness of processes which create global shifts in economic activity. Includes case studies of key global industries. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781572309074
  • Publisher: Guilford Publications, Inc.
  • Publication date: 6/6/2003
  • Edition description: Fourth Edition
  • Edition number: 4
  • Pages: 633
  • Product dimensions: 10.10 (w) x 7.30 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Dicken is Professor of Economic Geography at the University of Manchester, UK. He has held visiting appointments at universities, research institutes, and business schools in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Hong Kong, Singapore, Australia, and Sweden. He is an Academician of Learned Societies in the Social Sciences. He has served as a consultant to UNCTAD and to numerous other public and private organizations.

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Table of Contents


Preface
1. Introduction
I. The Shifting Contours of the Geo-Economy
2. A New Geo-Economy
3. The Changing Global Economic Map
II. Processes of Global Shift
4. Technology: The "Great Growling Engine of Change"
5. "The State is Dead...Long Live the State"
6. Doing Things Differently: Variations in State Economic Policies
7. Transnational Corporations: The Primary "Movers" and "Shapers" of the Global Economy
8. "Webs of Enterprise": The Geography of Transnational Production Networks
9. Dynamics of Conflict and Collaboration: Both Transnational Corporations and States Matter
III. Global Shift: The Picture in Different Sectors
10. "Fabric-ating Fashion": The Textiles and Garments Industries
11. "Wheels of Change": The Automobile Industry
12. "Chips with Everything": The Semiconductor Industry
13. "Making the World Go Round": The Financial Services Industries
14. "Making the Connections, Selling the Goods": The Distribution Industries
IV. Winners and Losers in the Global Economy
15. Winners and Losers: An Overview
16. Making a Living in Developed Countries: Where Will the Jobs Come from?
17. Making a Living in Developing Countries: Sustaining Growth, Enhancing Equity, Ensuring Survival
18. Making the World a Better Place
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