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Towards Unbiased Resolution for Conflict between Street Vendors and Local Governments: Evidence from Central Java, Indonesia
conflict, conflict resolution, government action, local laws, street vendors
Current research into conflicts between street vendors (SVs) and city/local governments (C/LGs) is limited. This study investigates the factors that cause conflict in urban areas and seeks to find a holistic resolution by addressing the root causes. The study uses an ethnographic approach to identify five issues where nine root causes of conflict rise. The reasons include a difference in goals, interests, values, perceptions, economic motive; lack of communication; abuse of authority for maximising self-interest; the limited participation of SVs in decision making; and poverty. The findings indicate that the C/LG need to establish effective communication that involves SVs in decision making on issues threatening their livelihood. They could establish a communication forum based on face-to-face dialogue, revise regional regulations to accommodate SVs’ interests, exercise discretion in implementing regional regulations, and support SVs.
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