Widely adopted throughout the world, this definitive text comprehensively examines how the global economy works and its effects on people and places. Peter Dicken provides a balanced yet critical analysis of globalization processes and debates. The text synthesizes a wealth of data on production, distribution, consumption, and innovation, including detailed case studies of key global industries. Students learn how the global economic map is being shaped and reshaped by dynamic interactions among transnational corporations, states, consumers, labor, and civil society organizations. Useful features include nearly 250 quick-reference figures and tables. The companion website offers PowerPoint slides of the figures and tables, additional case studies and questions, annotated Web links, and more.
New to This Edition
*Revised throughout to incorporate the latest ideas in the field; gives increased attention to global production networks as a major organizing principle.
*Addresses the current global financial crisis.
*Chapter on environmental impacts of global production networks.
*Case study chapter on the extractive industries.
*Fully updated empirical data; additional maps and charts.
Peter Dicken is Emeritus Professor of Economic Geography in the School of Environment and Development at the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He has held visiting academic appointments at universities and research institutes in Australia, Canada, China, Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore, Sweden, and the United States, and lectured in many other countries throughout Europe and Asia. He is an Academician of the Social Sciences, is a recipient of the Victoria Medal of the Royal Geographical Society (with the Institute of British Geographers) and of the Centenary Medal of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, and holds an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction: Questioning Globalization
I. The Shifting Contours of the Global Economy
2. Global Shift: Changing Geographies of the Global Economy
II. Processes of Global Shift
3. Tangled Webs: Unraveling Complexity in the Global Economy
4. Technological Change: \u0022Gales of Creative Destruction\u0022
5. Transnational Corporations: The Primary \u0022Movers and Shapers\u0022 of the Global Economy
6. The State Really Does Matter
7. The Uneasy Relationship between TNCs and States: Dynamics of Conflict and Collaboration
III. The Picture in Different Economic Sectors
8. \u0022Making Holes in the Ground\u0022: The Extractive Industries
9. \u0022We Are What We Eat\u0022: The Agro-Food Industries
10. \u0022Fabric-ating Fashion\u0022: The Clothing Industries
11. \u0022Wheels of Change\u0022: The Automobile Industry
12. \u0022Making the World Go Round\u0022: Advanced Business Services—Especially Finance
13. \u0022Making the Connections, Moving the Goods\u0022: Logistics and Distribution Services
IV. Winning and Losing in the Global Economy
14. \u0022Capturing Value\u0022 within Global Production Networks
15. \u0022Destroying Value\u0022: Environmental Impacts of Global Production Networks
16. Winning and Losing: Where You Live Really Matters
17. Making the World a Better Place