Review of Industrial Organization 22: 337–340, 2003. Book Review Buyer Power and Competition in European Food Retailing, Roger Clarke, Stephen Davies, Paul Dobson and Michael Waterson. Edward Elgar: Cheltenham UK, 2002. 203 pages. This is a valuable and courageous book. Valuable because it deals with an import- ant and growing competitive problem – the buying power of large food retailing organizations – and does so in a credible manner. Courageous because this is a very difﬁcult topic on which to obtain data. This is the ﬁrst book-length treatment of this topic of which I am aware. In the U.S., for example, where the problem has been recognized for many years, no one has attempted a study of the scope of Clarke et al. The book does have several major limitations, some of which are puzzling given the scholarly reputation of the authors. But on balance, it is a worthwhile contribution to the literature. The approach of Buyer Power is similar to the well received Sunk Costs and Market Structure by John Sutton (1991), though this effort is far less ambitious than Sutton’s. Clarke and colleagues use a case study approach to empirically examine buyer power in four countries: France,
Review of Industrial Organization – Springer Journals
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