The Regulation of Street Foods: Experiences of Front-Line Regulators in Ghana

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There has been a lot of research on the relationship between regulators and
street vendors, often portraying regulators as bullies of vulnerable vendors. However, there is little documentation on urban regulators and their challenges as they implement their mandates. This paper investigates the challenges and negotiating strategies of regulators of street-vended foods in Ghana and analyses the implication for their relationship with street food vendors. The paper reveals that regulators operate in a context of limited resources, leading to a general feeling of neglect. In coping, regulators adopt strategies that encourage harassment of vendors and increase tensions between vendors and regulators. Thus, this study establishes relations between the challenges and negotiating strategies of regulators and the poor relations that exist
Original languageEnglish
JournalUrban Forum
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)251–269
Number of pages19
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2017

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