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Global Shift

Global Shift
Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy

Seventh Edition
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December 2014 | 648 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Global Shift is - quite simply - the definitive work on economic globalization. The extensive use of graphics, lack of jargon, and clear definition of terms has made it the standard work for the social sciences.

The Seventh Edition has been completely updated using the latest available sources. It maps the changing centres of gravity of the global economy and explains the global financial crisis. Each chapter has been extensively rewritten and new material introduced to explain the most recent empirical developments; ideas on production, distribution, consumption; and corporate governance. Global Shift provides:

  • The most comprehensive and up-to-date explanation of economic globalization available, examining the role of transnational corporations, states, labour, consumers, 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, interest groups and technology.
  • 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.
  • A suite of extensive online ancillaries for both students and lecturers, including author videos, case studies, lecture notes, and free access to specially selected journal articles related to each chapter. 

There is only one definitive guide to economic globalization for the social sciences: and that's Peter Dicken's Global Shift.

What in the World Is Going On?
Part I: The Changing Contours of the Global Economy
The Centre of Gravity Shifts: Transforming the Geographies of the Global Economy
Part II: Processes of Global Shift
Tangled Webs: Unravelling Complexity in the Global Economy
Technological Change: ‘Gales of Creative Destruction’
Transnational Corporations: The Primary Movers and Shapers of the Global Economy
The State Really Does Matter
Part III: Winning and Losing in the Global Economy
The Uneasy Relationship between TNCs and States: Dynamics of Conflict and Collaboration
'Capturing Value' within Global Production Networks
'Destroying Value'? Environmental Impacts of Global Production Networks
Winning and Losing: Where You Live Really Matters
Making the World a Better Place
Part IV: The Picture in Different Sectors
'Making Holes in the Ground': The Extractive Industries
'We Are What We Eat': The Agro-Food Industries
'Fabric-ating Fashion': The Clothing Industries
'Wheels of Change': The Automobile Industry
'Making the World Go Round': Advanced Business Services
'Making the Connections, Moving the Goods': Logistics and Distribution Services


Dicken Video - Introduction
Watch Peter Dicken introduce the 7th edition of Global Shift

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.

Jamie Peck
University of British Columbia

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.

Peter Kilduff
California State Polytechnic University

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.

Marc Vachon
University of Winnipeg

It is one of the most important textbooks on global production networks

Professor Manfred Fuchs
Accounting, University of Graz
January 15, 2023

Excellent resource with useful online materials for both staff and student ... the topics are relevant and current to today's businss environment and we have been able to use this resource to support teaching on campus as well as online.

Ms Karen Leong Trimarchi
School of Business, Hertfordshire University
October 24, 2016

Excellent overview, well-structured, inclusive, up-to-date, and readable. Nothing else like it for a multi-discipline approach to globalization

Dr Michael Fichter
Political Science , Hochschule fuer Wirtschaft und Recht
February 8, 2016

This is excellent in explaining economic and technological change for the non-technical reader

Dr Douglas Chalmers
Cultural Business, Glasgow Caledonian University
March 23, 2016

Frames in a superb way the contemporary global developments.

Mr Sebastian Fuchs
Business Administration , University of Geneva
November 24, 2015

Comprehensive and accessible

Ms Stella Harcourt
Further and Higher Education, South Essex College
December 8, 2015

This book is a highly recommended reading for understanding important socio-economic changes in the contemporary world.

Yaojun Li
Sociology , Manchester University
October 29, 2015

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Peter Dicken, Global Shift Ch2

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