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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Polity Press (25 Mar. 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 074561499X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745614991
  • Product Dimensions: 17.1 x 2.9 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 338,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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′An indispensable counterweight to optimists and pessimists alike.′

Will Hutton, The Observer


"I was pleasantly and genuinely surprised by the depth and intensity of analysis and argument contained in the book despite its wide–ranging subject matter ... Students of international affairs who long for books that go beyond the minutiae of globalisation and look at the big picture should consider this book compulsory reading."

Nick Grimwade, Times Higher Education Supplement

"The book provides a scholarly and deep exploration of the facts and the issues, and deserves wide reading."

Charles P. Kindelberger, Global Economy Quarterly


"This is a work with many strengths, but perhaps its most important virtue is the breadth and depth... with which the authors explore the topic. Unlike many studies that focus almost exclusively on the economic sources and consequences of globalization, this volume conceives of the topic broadly. . For better or worse, globalization will shape our future, and this work prepares us to understand and act in that brave new world."

Vincent A. Auger, The Journal of Developing Areas

"A must have for any student of globalisation is Global Transformations. This 515 page survey, packed with facts and theories, provides a comprehensive account of the widespread impact of globalisation"

Mark Perryman, New Statesman

"A thought–provoking textbook on the numerous political, economic, social and cultural themes behind the concept of globalization have long been sought after by those involved in first– and second–year courses that attempt to broach this theme. The good news is that one has finally arrived ... The disciplinary approach is very much one of political sociology but the multidisciplinary focus will be of great value and interest to geographers."

The Geographical Journal

"[A] sweeping literative survey and synthesis ... bustling with data, ideas, viewpoints and references to more detailed reading."

Alan M. Rugman, University of Oxford

′There can be little doubt that globalisation has now become the key discussion point in the social sciences. A seemingly endless supply of books and articles are being published that refer to "the global" or globalisation. Many of these are far too abstract and lacking in concrete empirical research. Global Transformations is a welcome exception.this book is the definitive work yet published on the subject."

Ray Kiely, Journal of Development

"Global Transformations is the most thorough and wide–reaching account of the global forces that are reshaping our lives. It is a wonderful combination of history, political science and economics that casts new light on the changes we will see in the new century."

Joseph Nye, Harvard University


"What a pleasure it is to read a book about globalization which is comprehensive yet carefully researched, where arguments are laid out precisely and then tested, and where the conclusions actually flow from the evidence. This is easily the best account of what globalization has and has not accomplished to date. It is essential reading for anyone who seeks to understand the way the world impinges on our lives."

Michael Mann, University of California at Los Angeles


"A most impressive and comprehensive analysis of the complex political, economic and cultural processes shaping and reshaping the world in which we live. The authors critically interrogate the much–abused term globalization and demonstrate, in a highly convincing and eminently readable manner, our need to adopt a far more creative political response to the forces currently transforming society at different scales."

Peter Dicken, University of Manchester

From the Back Cover

This widely acclaimed book throws new light on the complex processes that are reshaping the contemporary world. All too often debates about globalization – and about whether it implies the end of the nation–state – have descended into polemics and confusion. Global Transformations overcomes these difficulties. Based on many years of original research, it maps the shape and scope of globalization and provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject, presenting its material in a clear and accessible way.

The volume clarifies the notion of globalization, and places contemporary developments in a historical context. It provides detailed accounts of how the current phase of globalization is transforming modern societies in the areas of politics, economics, culture and communication, migration, environmental issues, law and military affairs. Drawing on a unique collection of data, the historical process of change in each of these spheres is spelt out. Throughout the book the authors bring out the implications of globalization for the sovereignty and autonomy of states and for the practice of modern politics and democracy.


This is the most systematic account available of the process of globalization. It will be illuminating not only to academics and students, but also to policy–makers, managers, and all those interested in the profound transformations affecting societies today.

Please visit the accompanying website at: http://www.polity.co.uk/global


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 28 Mar. 2001
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The nearest thing to the definative guide to the globalization process.....thus far.....
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By Marco Fanicchi on 6 Mar. 2015
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A balanced treatment of globalization at last! 10 Jun. 2000
By Peter McMahon - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the best book on globalization I have read. It is comprehensive in its treatment of this vast subject, but still has genuine thematic coherence. The authors have got the balance right between theory and historical evidence, and provide a systematic analysis. Organization is excellent and the arguments are easy to follow. I am especially pleased to see profound consideration of militarization included, a common omission in many texts. The only area that could have been stronger was technolgical change, although this is treated effectively in relation to certain issues, such as telecommunications. Overall, it is a first class work and I predict this will become the standard text on the subject for some years to come.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
A guidepost in a changing world 3 Oct. 2005
By Francesco Lovecchio - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was first published in 1999 and although it can look a little outdated given the many tumultuous World developments in the following few years, Global transformations still remains a comprehensive treatment of a vast subject with ever changing borders. The authors strike the right balance between theory and evidence, history and geography. However, their main contribution is the areas they cover (i.e. global politics, military globalization, global trade and markets, global finance, multinational corporations and global production networks, globalization and migration, cultural globalization, environmental globalization). The authors state at the beginning that they will concentrate on 6 states (France, Germany, Japan, Sweden, UK and USA), however, they are not able to fulfill this self-imposed constraint. This book does not cover globalization as perceived in the developing word.

They don't explicitly propose either a specific theory or their own view, but they muse with their topic and look at it through different lenses. It is not a readerly text, but an open text that invites interpretations and critical thinking. However, this does not mean that the authors were pursuing a full-fledged post-modern approach, even if here and there the authors give rise to such suspicion.

The authors analyze globalization as a process, therefore it is difficult to predict where it will lead us. It is a historical process that cannot be characterized by an evolutionary logic. However, globalization is not a wholly novel phenomenon, but its intensity has increased. The authors come to prefigure that the current phase of globalization is not going to erode state power or cause "the end of politics" like the end of the Cold War didn't mean "the end of history". Globalization has not altered the absolute autonomy of states, but interactions among states have changed and become more complex. A question still remains: How can globalization be "civilized" and democratized?

The book is highly recommended to all who consider globalization as a defining principle of our time.
What you wanted to know about globalisation!! 20 Jun. 2004
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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David Held continues a tradition of uncovering the whole side of social processes. Now it is time to uncover the great cliche of our times: globalisation (considered here as a process)!! Reviews and categorizes current thinking on the issue plus explores the multi-dimensionality of the processes of globalisation in a comparative way with the past globalisations (i.e. military-industrial, trade, finance, production, people on the move, culture).
Graduate Student 10 Nov. 2014
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Great text book - I am a graduate student and I wanted a textbook that was all inclusive - this book was definitely it for a great price
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
valuable text, dull read 21 Aug. 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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One of the most fact-packed, intelligent studies of globalization, but this is noone's beach reading. I recommend reading the intro and thereafter using it as a reference.
For a more literary, bizarre, and stimulating take on the contemporary global condition, check out Hardt and Negri's Empire.
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