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  • Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd; Fourth Edition edition (18 April 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0761971505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0761971504
  • Product Dimensions: 24.2 x 17 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 270,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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

`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, George Washington University, co-editor, 21st Century Economics, and author, The Infinite Resource


`This book must be regarded as both an interesting and very useful contribution to the study of the world economy' - Asia Pacific Journal of Economics and Business

`Packed with facts and charts from case-study industry sectors, this book shows that globalization is not a bulldozer sweeping all before it' - Community Affairs Briefing

`This is no mere update of the second edition, but involves a significant rethink of the nature of globalization and the processes impelling it, as well as new case studies... Global Shift is written in a very accessible style and is to be highly recommended' - Environment and Planning A

`This is a highly impressive book.... It is more than just a very good undergraduate text. It is an important contribution to economic geography in its own right. It is a remarkable work of synthesis, drawing together a wide range of materials to present a coherent and lucid explanation of the process of "global shift", which is "a shorthand term to encompass the whole set of internationalization and globalization processes"' - Progress in Human Geography

`Global Shift is an excellent state of the art examination of trends in the world economy, debunking some of the myths associated with globalization' - Andrew Cumbers, Department of Geography, University of Aberdeen

`This book is a mine of useful information and stimulating ideas. If there is a book for undergraduate courses on globalization and uneven development, this is it!' - Brian Hoyle, Department of Geography, University of Southampton

`This is a genuinely new edition of the most useful textbook presently available on the global economy. The graphics are of great value for teaching and the coverage of theories and concepts is clear and fair-minded' - Leslie Sklair, Department of Sociology, London School of Economics

`Reflecting the many ways our understanding of globalization has changed and become more sophisticated, the Third Edition of Global Shift, like its predecessors, is an invaluable text for undergraduate classes. No other book on the market contains as much information and clear-headed thinking about the global economy' - Gary Gereffi, Department of Sociology, Duke University

`A first-rate eminently readable work, with an unique blend of empirical and conceptual material and an analytical depth rarely achieved in textbooks' - John Holmes, Department of Geography, Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario

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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Hugh Barnett on 1 Oct. 1999
Format: Paperback
Global Shift looks at the increasing globalisation of business and related activities; it critically examines opposing schools of thought on whether the changes are real or cosmetic; and it provides a comprehensive overview of this most complex and thought-provoking topic.
The book starts off by identifying the patterns of globalisation, and particularly the emergence of the east and south-east Asian newly industrialising economies. It then looks in detail at the processes by which globalisation is occurring and describes various case studies which draw on the themes in the book.
Whilst the book is good at examing patterns and processes of global changes, the author does have a tendency to introduce statistics and figures that are not always included in the various tables and charts, which are liberally peppered throughout the book. This can serve to confuse. However, this is a minor criticism of what is otherwise a good starting point for understanding the new world that we now live in.
This book is a core text for the Bristol Business School MBA course.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Oct. 2000
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This book was on the reading list for my degree, and so I dutifully bought it, not knowing how good it would be. It is a supurb text for anyone studying, or simply interested in, the process of globalisation. Not only does it offer an excellent account of the process, it supplies much in the way of data through a wide range of graphs, maps and tables.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AK on 5 Jun. 2014
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I got this book in great condition and it came on time. I bought the wrong edition by mistake, so i would recommend that check edition before purchasing if possible.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Attempting to De-Mystify Globalization 2 Jun. 2000
By Gregory J. Thompson - Published on
Format: Paperback
Global Shift is an ambitious look at the changing world geography through the lens of the economic geographer. The book is divided into four major sections that allow for a detailed exploration of the various arenas that Peter Dicken emphasizes. The text is wrought with details that make it occasionally dense to the non-economist or geographer but one of the most compelling elements of the text is the fact that in an ever-changing global civilization the text is applicable to many different academic disciplines. It provides an important background for understanding the process of globalization in its many manifestations. Ultimately the text comes back time and again to the idea that transnational corporations and political states inside a volatile world of ever-changing technology dominate the globalization processes. Although the text focuses on the idea that the economic world is global and transnational corporations are driving the globalization, Dicken states that the idea of a faceless/placeless corporation is really not an accurate description of what is occurring. I was reminded of Tip O'Neil's famous statement that all politics is local. In much the same way Dicken emphasizes that regardless of the multi-national face of corporations there is an important local element that makes the corporation more accessible than one might think. Another important element of the work is the idea that much of what is occurring is not new. There have been tends in multinationals for years and Dicken does a good job of historicizing these ideas before he discusses the current situation. Throughout the book Dicken emphasizes the three important factors of his argument. First, that there are new centers of production and power around the world. Secondly, that there is an emergence of new global finance dominated by transnational corporations. Finally, that technology, the center of industrialization is changing at a rapid pace that creates more and more flux in the global markets. The book is dense with facts, figures, charts and graphs, but its detail in numbers is immediately useful in looking at the other texts related to this subject. This text is less focused on the cultural ramifications of its observations but to understand fully the cultural context of the globalization process we must first understand the economic processes in play.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
The Best Book on Globalization 12 Dec. 2000
By Tim Hundsdorfer - Published on
Format: Paperback
In light of the other reviews of this book, I am inclined to agree that this is a heady, academic look at globalization. If globalization to you means Mitsubishi cutting down rain forests or Nike exploiting workers, this book may not be for you. It is, as has been pointed out, a textbook and it is one that will challenge your view of globalization. Having come to the book as an opponent of globalization, this book awakened me to the complexity of the problems raised by a rapidly globalizing economy. As a result, I was forced to re-examine my opposition and hone my arguments against globalization. This unbiased, empirical approach makes the book highly recommended for those interested in putting forth the best possible argmuments about the global economy. It is, however, highly academic and not necessarily for most activists.
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