Peter Gowan joined the Democracy Collaborative in June 2018 and now works as a Policy Associate. He is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin with a dual-major BA in History and Political Science, and recently completed an M.A. in Political Communications at Dublin City University.
Peter’s research focuses on housing, political economy and alternative models of ownership. He previously interned with Irish parliamentarians Róisín Shortall and Catherine Murphy, contributing to labor market and housing policy development, and also contributed to the People’s Policy Project, producing research on codetermination, the Meidner Plan, and social housing. His work has been cited in the Washington Post, The Guardian, Politico, Mother Jones, The Nation, Jacobin, and elsewhere, and his current research focusses on right-to-own worker buyouts and the Inclusive Ownership Funds proposal.
As the wave of baby boomer retirees continues, Berkeley, CA is using worker ownership to retain its local businesses. Peter Gowan discusses that worker ownership is “...more than just survival. It’s a transition to a model that allows workers to choose who governs over them for half of their waking lives. It’s a really effective model for addressing this crisis of extractive capitalism.”
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- Industry Dive
'Right of first refusal,' or a right to own, finds wide support. Peter Gowan proposes the right to own as a way to keep businesses local and alive as the baby boomer generation retires.
Every day, private equity companies snatch up firms and strip them dry. But there’s an alternative: allow workers to buy their workplace and run it themselves.
Our new report explores the "right to own"—giving workers the right of first refusal anytime their workplace is up for sale—as a strategy to massively scale up employee ownership in the economy. We outline the major provisions and legal changes necessary to enact this right, and the ecosystem of support and financing necessary to make it truly operative for workers.