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Buyer power in agreements and abuse of market power cases: An overview of EU and national case law

Over the past two decades the importance of buyer power analysis has grown. This has been caused by the refinement of competition economics – distinguishing between the traditional monopsony and the more nuanced bargaining power –, the growth of large retailers with market power as buyers and sellers, concern regarding the imposition of unfair purchasing practices, and a better understanding of buyer power competitive effects for current and future competition. This special issue of e-Competitions discusses the role, rise and importance of buyer power in agreements and abuse of market power cases. The buyer power competitive effects are discussed in Section I. Section II describes when and how buyer power can be used anticompetitively. Sections 3 and 4 summarize the most relevant cases

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Ignacio Herrera Anchustegui, Buyer power in agreements and abuse of market power cases: An overview of EU and national case law, 19 April 2018, e-Competitions Bulletin Buyer power in agreements and abuse of market power, Art. N° 86351

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