Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy

Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy

by Peter Dicken

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… See more details below


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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"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

Gary Gereffi
Given the dizzying pace of change in the global economy, it's more important than ever to have a comprehensive point of reference to allow us to understand and map the transformations around us. Global Shift, Seventh Edition, is that book. While continuing to add new material on countries, sectors, and the policies that shape global industries, Global Shift also provides a solid analytical framework that helps the reader navigate the new terrain. And its great graphs, diagrams, and charts are a visual delight. If you had to use just one book to convey globalization's promise and perils, this is the book I would recommend.
Jamie Peck
Global Shift defines the gold standard in the field of globalization studies, which it has had a large hand in defining. The revised seventh edition continues to accomplish what no other book in the field does, it presents a grounded but broad view of globalization, judiciously assesses the key debates, and recognizes (but never drowns in) complexity. Global Shift combines an authoritative voice with meticulous documentation and outstanding illustrations; it’s the trusted source.
Ash Amin

There is no other book that so comprehensively examines the meaning, dynamic and uneven impact of economic globalisation. The analysis extended to cover the current financial crisis takes the mastery of the book to new and pertinent heights.

Andrew Jones
No other book concerned with economic globalization was able to match earlier editions in either breadth or empirical richness, but this latest Global Shift 7e is a book whose time has truly come. Coined by Peter Dicken in the mid 1980s, the idea of a ‘global shift’ has now been propelled into wider circulation as the world grapples with the reality of a maturing Asian and other BRICs economies, and this latest edition is beyond authoritative in terms of its empirical depth and insight into this issue.
Ray Hudson

This is the definitive account of the economic geography of globalisation. With each edition it just gets better!

Matthew Zook
Global Shift, Seventh Edition, continues to be a key resource for understanding the complexity of the global economy and the ongoing, often contentious negotiations among nations, corporations, and locales. In addition to clearly outlining larger institutional and structural processes, Dicken provides a wealth of detailed new empirical material to explain how the outcomes of the global economy manifest in specific contexts. The book's diverse concrete examples--such as the global production network of iPhones or corporate strategies to shield profits from taxation--are drawn directly from the headlines. An extremely valuable text for all courses on economic geography, globalization, international business, and economics.
Martin Kenney
Given the rapid changes in the configuration of the global economy, Global Shift, Seventh Edition, will be welcomed by academicians and assigned in graduate and undergraduate classes. While retaining the strengths that have made prior editions much adopted around the world, the seventh edition has been updated to weave in such important new topics as the impact of the recent global financial crisis, the global smartphone infrastructure, climate change, corporate social responsibility, and national and international inequality. Readable case studies and excellent figures and graphs provide students with the empirical illustrations they need to understand the larger theoretical concepts. A remarkable update by the foremost economic geographer of globalization that should be on everyone's reading list.
Adrian Smith

Global Shift is rightly one of the most influential books examining the changing geography of globalisation and the world economy. Global in scope, and geographically nuanced, this new edition provides the kind of authoritative account of the interdependent world economy which shapes our lives that is required by those seeking to understand the complexity of changing power relations in the world today.

Professor Pervez Ghauri

The earlier editions of this book made an excellent contribution towards an understanding of the global business environment and challenges. The present edition takes us further towards our understanding of the role played by multinational enterprises, governments and other organizations in managing these challenges. It provides theoretical understanding of fundamental issues that we face today such as; sustainable development, poverty and inequality and highlights the problems with global governance. The book is a must read for those who want to be up-to-date with global issues and challenges and how multinationals and governments are interacting to handle these challenges.

Simon Collinson

Once again Peter Dicken seamlessly combines disciplinary perspectives to create a wonderfully comprehensive insight into the essential dynamics of the global economy. His usual array of fabulous maps, graphs, tables and frameworks brilliantly animate this, his latest and most readable edition of Global Shift.

Erica Schoenberger
Not just an update, the seventh edition of Global Shift offers compelling theoretical and empirical insights as it takes on the critical global political-economic processes and debates of our time. Dicken provides a welcome synthesis and interrogation of prevailing theories of the global economy and addresses such fraught issues as the 2008 financial crisis and the intensification of inequality. An amazing resource.
Peter Kilduff
I used this text in my undergraduate Global Apparel Industry Dynamics class. It is a valuable text that explains the critical components and dynamics of the global economy in a straightforward and engaging style that is accessible to undergraduates as well as graduates. Dicken provides important historical perspectives on the evolution of the global economy while keeping abreast of recent developments. Key industries are examined in a relevant manner, adding an extra dimension to the work. Global Shift will equip any young graduate/executive with important insights into the global characteristics of business environments.
Marc Vachon
Global Shift has become the de facto textbook for middle- and upper-level courses in economic geography. Dicken synthesizes the economic, political, and social complexities of globalization in highly accessible prose. The case studies of various industries contribute to a better understanding of the processes of globalization.

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