Global Shift: Transforming the World Economy

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`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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About the Author:

Peter Dicken is recognized as a leading world authority on economic globalization. He is Emeritus Professor of Geography in the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester, UK, and has held visiting academic appointments at universities and research institutes throughout the world. He is an Academician of the Social Sciences, a recipient of the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers), the Centenary Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society and an Honorary Doctorate of the University of Uppsala, Sweden.

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Preface to the Third Edition
1. A New Geo-Economy
I. Patterns of Global Shift
Introduction: A Brief Historical Perspective
2. The Global Economic Map: Trends in Production, Trade, and Investment
II. Processes of Global Shift
Introduction: Traditional Explanations and the Need for a New Approach
3. "The State is Dead...Long Live the State"
4. National Variations in Policy Stance: Examples from Developed and Developing Economies
5. Technology: The "Great Growling Engine of Change"
6. Transnational Corporations: The Primary "Movers and Shapers" of the Global Economy
7. "Webs of Enterprise": Transnational Corporations within Networks of Relationships
8. Dynamics of Conflict and Collaboration: "Both Transnational Corporations and States Matter"
III. Global Shift: The Picture in Different Sectors
Introduction: The Choice of Case-Study Sectors
9. "Fabric-ating Fashion": The Textiles and Clothing Industries
10. "Wheels of Change": The Automobile Industry
11. "Chips and Screens": The Electronics Industries
12. "Making the World Go Round": The Internationalization of Services
IV. Stresses and Strains of Adjustment to Global Shift
Introduction: A Summary Perspective
13. Making a Living in the Global Economy
14. Issues of Global Governance

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