Key Concepts in Economic Geography is a new kind of textbook that forms part of an innovative set of companion texts for the human geography sub-disciplines. Organized around 20 short essays, this book provides a cutting edge introduction to the central concepts that define contemporary research in economic geography. Involving detailed and expansive discussions, the book includes:
An introductory chapter providing a succinct overview of the recent developments in the field; Over 20 key concept entries with comprehensive explanations, definitions, and evolutions of the subject; Extensive pedagogic features that enhance understanding including figures, diagrams, and further reading
An ideal companion text for advanced undergraduate and graduate students in economic geography, the book presents the key concepts in the discipline, demonstrating their historical roots, and contemporary applications to fully understand the processes of economic change, regional growth and decline, globalization, and the changing locations of firms and industries. Written by an internationally recognized set of authors, the book is an essential addition to any geography student's library.
Chapter 4.2: Globalization
Economic globalization is being driven by the geographical dispersal of markets, the functional integration of production activities, and the increasing interconnections and interdependencies between people and places in the world economy. Since the 1980s, popular books about the concept have become commonplace and have generally taken views for (e.g. Friedman, 2005) or against (e.g. Stiglitz, 2002) its contemporary dynamics, meanings and consequences. In academia, analyses of globalization have come from a variety of disciplines including: economics (e.g. Bhagwati, 2004), political science (e.g. Held and McGrew, 2007), sociology (e.g. Sklar, 2002) and cultural studies (e.g. Appadurai, 1996). Economic geographers have demonstrated how circumstances at the local scale, and the spatial connections linking economies, play key roles in determining how places and regions influence and are ...