The definitive text on globalization, this book provides an accessible, jargon-free analysis of how the world economy works and its effects on people and places. Peter Dicken synthesizes the latest ideas and empirical data to blaze a clear path through the thicket of globalization processes and debates. The book highlights the dynamic interactions among transnational corporations, nations, and other key players, and their role in shaping the uneven contours of development. Mapping the changing centers of gravity of the global economy, Dicken presents in-depth case studies of six major industries. Now in full color throughout, the text features 228 figures. Companion websites for students and instructors offer extensive supplemental resources, including author videos, applied case studies with questions, lecture notes with PowerPoint slides, discipline-specific suggested further reading for each chapter, and interactive flashcards. New to This Edition Every chapter thoroughly revised and updated. All 228 figures (now in color) are new or redesigned. Addresses the ongoing fallout from the recent global financial crisis. Discussions of timely topics tax avoidance and corporate social responsibility; global problems of unemployment, poverty, and inequality; environmental degradation; the Eurozone crisis; and more. Enhanced online resources for instructors and students.
What in the world is going on? -- The changing contours of the global economy. The centre of gravity shifts : transforming the geographies of the global economy -- 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 -- Winning and losing in the global economy. The uneasy relationship between transnational corporations 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 -- The picture in different sectors. 'Making holes in the ground' : the extractive industries -- 'We are what we eat' : the Argo-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
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