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.
The Labour Party announced that in the next election, it will fight for Universal Basic Services, making public services free at the point of use and universally accessible. It’s a landmark in the fight to curb the influence of the market over our lives.
Government has the tools to fix our housing crisis, but instead they've chosen to turn a blind eye, allowing landlords and developers to reap massive profits as the housing crisis continues. Today, Sen. Bernie Sanders introduced his plan to eradicate homelessness, reel in the housing market, and provide a homes guarantee that lives up to Roosevelt's dream, and the dream put forth by grassroots groups like People’s Action (we both worked on the policy team that helped develop their homes guarantee plan). [...] Importantly, a homes guarantee is popular according to polling from YouGov/Democracy Collaborative and Data for Progress.
- Next City
Last week, the Chicago-based advocacy group People’s Action released a policy platform called Homes Guarantee, which, if it were enacted, would transform the way housing is provided in the United States. [...] Peter Gowan, a policy associate at the Democracy Collaborative and co-author of the Homes Guarantee plan, says he was introduced to Tara Raghuveer and other organizers during the briefing with representatives Pressley and Garcia earlier this year. Gowan had already co-authored a paper called “Social Housing in the United States,” which called for 10 million social housing units to be built in the U.S.
The housing crisis is tightly bound up with the wider social crisis in neoliberal capitalism. Tackling it will require a sustained and aggressive challenge to the gentrification and segregation machines that have long dominated our cities and suburbs. A mass movement which builds tenant, union, and electoral power for working-class people will be required to implement the ambitious Homes Guarantee agenda outlined below.