Local vs. National/EU-level – On Which Level of Society Is Democratic Economic Planning Possible and Needed?

Online-Event Part II in Preparation of ECSA (European Common Space for Alternatives) Marseille, 26-28 April 2024

transform! europe is hosting a public discussion on democratic economic planning in the European Common Space for Alternatives in Marseille at the end of April. In preparation there will be three virtual meetings, all taking place via zoom.

The second meeting “Local vs. national/EU-level – On which level of society is democratic economic planning possible and needed?”

will take place on Monday 25 March at 7pm (CET)


This meeting will focus on one of the most important challenges of the current left economic debate.

We acknowledge the need for effective economic management, but where within our societies should democratic economic planning primarily occur? Should we focus on the municipal level (in the context of the debate on municipalism), where interpersonal familiarity and active democracy (‘Gemeinschaft‘) prevail? Or should we prioritise the EU and nation-state level (‘Gesellschaft‘), where democracy operates more indirectly but but where laws and tax revenues are determined? How can we bridge these divergent approaches?

  • Speakers:

Alexis Cukier, University of Poitiers, France

Nadia Garbellini, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Italy


Christoph Sorg, Humboldt University Berlin, Germany

  • Moderation:

Claire Lejeune, researcher at the Institut La Boétie department, Paris 

To register, please send an email to Roland Kulke, facilitator of the Working Group Productive Transformation: kulke@transform-network.net


The third online event is scheduled for week 15, once again in the evening at 19:00 CET, between 8 and 12 April. On this occasion, Anaïs Fley, cordinator of the working group on the radical, extreme and populist right at transform! europe (Paris) and Cedric Durand (Geneva, by request) will discuss the extent to which new digital technologies can potentially address essential problems of a planned economy. Theoretically, many past counter-arguments (keyword: “socialist calculation debate”) can be considered resolved in favour of a planned economy, with reference to computing capacities. However, where is the democratic element? Where is the space for common discussion?

Our fourth event will take place during the ECSA (European Common Space for Alternatives) in Marseille from 26 to 28 April. During these days, which we are currently discussing with the organisers, we aim to host at least one round table and a larger open meeting where all individuals interested in the topic can engage in practical discussions. We hope to explore possibilities for future collaboration beyond Marseille, continuing our discussions, actions, and cooperation.