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Global Shift: Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy [Hardcover]

Peter Dicken
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17 Nov 2010 1849207666 978-1849207669 Sixth Edition
"A magnificent achievement. Since the publication of the first edition in 1986, Peter Dicken has constructed in successive editions a phenomenal record of the changing geography of capital accumulation on a world scale... An essential companion for anyone concerned to understand the rapid geographical shifts occurring in the world's economic power relations in these stressful and troubled times."
- David Harvey, Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, New York

"A masterful new edition of a masterful text. Once again, Peter Dicken is at the cutting edge of the analysis of economic globalization and global trends. Global Shift is the authoritative text on these issues."
- David Held, Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE

"Covers a vast empirical range but is always closely attentive to the underlying processes, impacts, and meanings of globalization. Dicken's approach beautifully integrates the economic and the political with problems of equity and ethics - a rare accomplishment. Ideal for undergraduate classes across the social sciences."
- Erica Schoenberger, Department of Geography, Johns Hopkins University

This sixth edition of Global Shift has been completely revised and updated using the latest available sources. Each chapter has been extensively rewritten and new chapters introduced to take account of recent empirical developments, new ideas on production, distribution, and consumption in the global economy and the implications of the global financial crisis. This now standard work on economic globalization provides:

  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date explanation of economic globalization available, examining the role of transnational corporations, states, labour, consumers, and organizations in civil society and the power relations between them
  • A clear guide to how the global economy is being transformed through the operation of global production networks involving transnational corporations, states and interest groups and technology
  • Detailed discussion of different theories of economic globalization
  • A new chapter on the environmental impacts of globalizing processes
  • Extended discussion of problems and institutions of global governance in the context of the global economic crisis and of the role of corporate social responsibility
  • Boadened sectoral case studies including a new case study on resource-extractive industries, and an extended chapter on financial and advanced business services.

The extensive use of graphics, lack of jargon and clear definition of terms, makes Global Shift the key resource on economic globalization in the social science literature.


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  • Hardcover: 632 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Sixth Edition edition (17 Nov 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1849207666
  • ISBN-13: 978-1849207669
  • Product Dimensions: 24.4 x 17 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,541,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A magnificent achievement. Since the publication of the first edition of Global Shift in 1986, Peter Dicken has constructed in successive editions a phenomenal record of the changing geography of capital accumulation on a world scale. This wholly new sixth edition of 2010, is an essential companion for anyone concerned to understand the rapid geographical shifts occurring in the world's economic power relations in these stressful and troubled times
David Harvey
Distinguished Professor, CUNY Graduate Center, New York


A masterful new edition of a masterful text. Once again, Peter Dicken is at the cutting edge of the analysis of economic globalization and global trends. Global Shift is the authoritative text on these issues
David Held
Co-Director, Centre for the Study of Global Governance, LSE


Global Shift, sixth edition, continues to deconstruct globalization to show that distance (economic geography) still matters. Dicken uses insights from international business research to demonstrate that world business activity is more regional than global. Multinational enterprises are at the hub of global production networks and service delivery; they interact with governments and generally act as agents of economic development. In short economic geography and international business are closely aligned in their approach to globalization
Alan Rugman
Henley Business School, University of Reading


I am impressed by how this book continues to evolve. It has opened out to new sectors and new themes, including extractive industries and the environmental implications of a globalized economy. Global Shift is a tremendous resource; it covers a vast empirical range but is always closely attentive to the underlying processes, impacts, and meanings of globalization. Dicken's approach beautifully integrates the economic and the political with problems of equity and ethics - a rare accomplishment. Ideal for undergraduate classes across the social sciences
Erica Schoenberger
Department of Geography and Environmental Engineering, Johns Hopkins University


The premier text for middle and upper-level courses in economic geography and globalization. The sixth edition provides detailed treatment of the current global financial crisis and a thorough assessment of globalization’s winners and losers. It contains entirely new chapters on mineral extractive industries and on the environmental implications of global production networks. Global Shift continues to be a 'must read' for all students of the global economy
Robin Leichenko
Department of Geography, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey



I am among the privileged to read and use Dicken's Global Shift as a reference text for my writings and as an elective text in my Urban Geography courses since its 1986 first edition...Global Shift's sixth edition is a vital text comprehensively reviewing how global economy functions and how enjoyable or unpleasant are its impacts on people and places. In the sixth edition Dicken offers an updated critical analysis of globalization followed by the continuing theoretical, in some respect political, on the debate on its nature, impact and durability. (Baruch A. Kipnis 2014-01-10)

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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This book is not just about globalization, it is a dazzling explanation of the workings of the world economy.

I have the 4th, 5th and 6th editions of this book. I drop into to it and reread parts frequently.

If you want to understand how the economy is structured, how the power systems work, who does what, why it is that way, how it got where it is and where it is going, read this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars textbook for class 7 Oct 2013
By Lauren
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Took a while to arrive but did so in good condition - was worried it would get banged up in the post.
Bought textbook for a uni class and so wouldn't read it normally... pretty dull!!
Diagrams are good but the whole text is printed in quite small black print which is pretty tedious to read. Nicely laid out but could have put the diagrams in colour rather than this weird blue look!
Dickens is very thorough - almost to the point where you want him to 'get on with it'. A good summary about globalisation though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it 24 May 2013
By Maple
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It is very useful and I love it. And my friend also think it is very good and love it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quite Good 23 May 2013
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I bought this book for my friend. He wants to use this for his geography study. He says that he is quite satisfied with the book, and it really conforms to the teacher's and his requirements.
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