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Global Shift Mapping the Changing Contours of the World Economy

ISBN-10: 1593854366

ISBN-13: 9781593854362

Edition: 5th 2007

Authors: Peter Dicken

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List price: $65.00
Edition: 5th
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: Guilford Publications
Publication date: 3/6/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 600
Size: 6.75" wide x 10.00" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 2.288

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.

List of Abbreviations
Preface to the Fifth Edition
The Shifting Contours of the Global Economy
Questioning 'Globalization'
What in the world is going on?
Conflicting perspectives on 'globalization'
Unravelling the complexity of the new geo-economy: economies as networks
Production circuits; production networks
Even in a globalizing world, economic activities are geographically localized
Networks of networks
The geo-economy and the environment
Conclusion
Notes
Global Shift: The Changing Global Economic Map
What's new?: The imprint of past geographies
Roller-coasters and interconnections
The changing contours of the global economic map: global shifts in production, trade and direct investment
Conclusion
Notes
Processes of Global Shift
Technological Change: 'Gales of Creative Destruction'
Technology and economic transformation
Processes of technological change: an evolutionary perspective
The time-space shrinking technologies
Technological changes in products and processes
Geographies of innovation
Conclusion
Notes
Transnational Corporations: The Primary 'Movers and Shapers' of the Global Economy
The significance of the transnational corporation
Why firms transnationalize
How firms transnationalize
'Placing' firms: the myth of the 'global' corporation
Conclusion
Notes
'Webs of Enterprise': The Geography of Transnational Production Networks
The 'global-local' question: an oversimplified view of the TNC's dilemma
Configuring the firm's production network: the complex internal geographies of the TNC
TNCs within networks of externalized relationships
Regionalizing transnational production networks
Conclusion
Notes
'The State Is Dead...Long Live the State'
'Contested territory': the state in a globalizing economy
States as containers of distinctive cultures, practices and institutions
States as regulators of trade, foreign investment and industry
States as competitors
States as collaborators: the proliferation of regional integration agreements
Conclusion
Notes
'Doing It Their Way': Variations in State Economic Policies
From the general to the specific
A degree of convergence
The older industrialized economies: the United States and Europe
Japan
Newly industrializing economies
Conclusion
Notes
Dynamics of Conflict and Collaboration: The Uneasy Relationship between TNCs and States
The ties that bind
Bargaining processes between TNCs and states
Conclusion
Notes
The Picture in Different Sectors
'Fabric-ating Fashion': The Clothing Industries
The clothing production circuit
Global shifts in the clothing industries
Changing patterns of consumption
Production costs and technology
The role of the state and the Multi-Fibre Arrangement
Corporate strategies in the clothing industries
Regionalizing production networks in the clothing industries
Conclusion
Notes
'Wheels of Change': The Automobile Industry
The automobile production circuit
Global shifts in the automobile industry
Changing patterns of consumption
From mass production to lean production: technological change in the automobile industry
The role of the state
Corporate strategies in the automobile industry
Regionalizing production networks in the automobile industry
Conclusion
Notes
'Chips with Everything': The Semiconductor Industry
The semiconductor production circuit
Global shifts in the semiconductor industry
Changing patterns of consumption
Production costs and technology
The role of the state
Corporate strategies in the semiconductor industry
Regionalizing production networks in the semiconductor industry: the case of East Asia
Conclusion
Notes
'We Are What We Eat': The Agro-Food Industries
Transformation of the food economy: the 'local' becomes 'global'
Agro-food production circuits
Global shifts in the agro-food industries
Consumer choices - and consumer resistances
Transforming technologies in agro-food production
The role of the state
Corporate strategies in the agro-food industries
Conclusion
Notes
'Making the World Go Round': Financial Services
Money counts
The structure of the financial services industries
The dynamics of the market for financial services
Technological innovation and the financial services industries
The role of the state: regulation and deregulation in financial services
Corporate strategies in financial services
Geographical structures of financial services activities
Conclusion
Notes
'Making the Connections, Moving the Goods': The Logistics and Distribution Industries
'Whatever happened to distribution in the globalization debate?'
The structure of the logistics and distribution industries
The dynamics of the market
Technological innovation and the logistics and distribution industries
The role of the state: regulation and deregulation in the logistics and distribution industries
Corporate strategies in the logistics and distribution industries
Logistics 'places': key geographical nodes on the global logistics map
Conclusion
Notes
Winning and Losing in the Global Economy
Winning and Losing: An Introduction
From processes to impacts
The contours of economic development
Making a living in the global economy
The 'double exposure' problem
Conclusion
Notes
Good or Bad?: Evaluating the Impact of TNCs on Home and Host Economies
A counterfactual dilemma
TNCs and 'home' economies: potential impacts of outward investment
TNCs and 'host' economies: potential impacts of inward investment
Conclusion
Notes
Making a Living in Developed Countries: Where Will the Jobs Come From?
Increasing affluence - but not everybody is a winner
What is happening to jobs and to incomes?
Why is it happening?
What is being done?
Conclusion
Notes
Making a Living in Developing Countries: Sustaining Growth, Enhancing Equity, Ensuring Survival
Some winners - but mostly losers
Heterogeneity of the developing world
Sustaining growth and ensuring equity in newly industrializing economies
Ensuring survival and reducing poverty in the least developed countries
Conclusion
Notes
Making the World a Better Place
'The best of all possible worlds'?
Globalization and its 'discontents': emergence of a global civil society?
Global governance structures
Two key concerns: labour standards and environmental regulation
To be 'globalized' or not to be 'globalized': that is the question
What might the future be? What should the future be?
Notes
Bibliography
Index
About the Author