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Editorial Reviews


"This book is a superb and extraordinary accomplishment, one that is destined to become the definitive work on globalization for a long time to come. It is both a succinct summary of a vast field and a creative synthesis . . . so fully coherent as to break new ground in remarkably imaginative and disciplined ways."—James N. Rosenau, George Washington University

"The best study yet on globalization. The authors provide a sensible conceptual framework to gauge the great social, economic, political, and technological forces that are reshaping global relationships."—Foreign Affairs

"Unlike many books, this one treats globalization as a contested academic space and the site of empirical verification."—Annals of the Association of American Geographers


'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 --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 540 pages
  • Publisher: Stanford University Press; 1 edition (April 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804736278
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804736275
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #971,061 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Peter McMahon on June 10, 2000
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Francesco Lovecchio on October 3, 2005
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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".
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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).
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By Tanya on November 10, 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
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