Brief: The Threat of Privatization for the Emerging Generation

By Aman Banerji, Joelle Gamble |

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In the brief below, Roosevelt’s Joelle Gamble and Aman Banerji, document the rise of Privatization- the process through which basic public goods such as water, education, and energy, are sold off to the private sector in the name of efficiency and cost reduction for taxpayers. They argue that the most potent danger of privatization comes from the lack of democratic control over the provision of public goods and services.

The brief demonstrates that the impacts of privatization will be deeply felt by younger generations. People under 35 are impacted by the rising costs of education, increasing incarceration rates, and the draining of living wage opportunities at rates that will set back our economic prospects for the foreseeable future. This is why we must take action now by tackling the effects of privatization in our own communities.

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Aman Banerji is a Program Manager at the Roosevelt Institute. In his role, Aman leads the Network's Financialization of Higher Education and Re: Public Projects. In addition, he works with a host of Roosevelt policy projects across the nation and seeks to strengthen the Network's policy work by leading the national cohort of Policy Coordinators and Emerging Fellows. His academic and professional experience has largely been focused on structural and institutional inequality. His policy interests include incarceration, civil rights and economic justice in the United States. Prior to joining Roosevelt, he served in advocacy organizations and foundations in both the United States and India, including the Ford Foundation and the Drug Policy Alliance. Aman has a BA with a concentration in Economics and International Development from Sarah Lawrence College in New York.

Joelle Gamble is Senior Advisor to the President and CEO of the Roosevelt Institute and National Director of the Roosevelt network.