• Editorial

  • The first issue of transform!, centring on the theme “Re-founding the European Union?” presented diverse left positions for debate and discussion. In the last months, with the ratification process of the Lisbon Treaty, this debate has intensified. Two contributions to the current issue deal with the contradictory course of this process (see Raquel Garrido, The Irish Campaign – A New Version of the French “No” Victory? and José Cordon, Ratification of the Lisbon Treaty: How it is Playing Out in Different Countries). The thematic focus of the current issue is on left conceptions of emancipatory theories (“Reform of the Revolution”), which was also the subject of last November’s conference...
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Re-founding the European Union

Reform of the Revolution

  • On Economic Democracy
  • By Michael R. Krätke
  • Throughout the world there is consensus around the idea of democracy as the one and only viable concept of a good order. However, that consensual view remains restricted to the realm of politics. A good society today is conceived as a mix of political democracy and … a capitalist market economy.

  • Building a "Socialism of the 21st Century"
  • By Leo Gabriel
  • It has become fashionable nowadays to associate the student and youth movement of 1968 with the worldwide attempt to build a political culture of a new kind; but very few bear in mind the qualitatively different impact this outburst of subjectivity had on the political developments in the North and in the South and East.  

  • On a Feminist Conception of Work
  • By Lia Cigarini
  • I would like to discuss with you the question of labour from the point of view of its feminine specificity which has been, and is, in my opinion, creating new political forms and a new way of thinking...

  • Radical Politics and Ideals
  • By Juha Koivisto
  • In the Preface to the Critique of Political Economy Marx regards law, politics, religion, art and philosophy as “ideological forms“ in which social struggles are fought out (MEW 13, 8). Recalling the...


  • A New Left-Wing Dynamic?
  • By Elisabeth Gauthier
  • An important feature of the municipal and cantonal elections in France was a steep rise in the abstention rate – in sharp contrast to the 2005 referendum and the 2007 presidential election. Fifty-four...

  • Giving Notice to Neoliberalism
  • By Kaarina Kailo
  • The Lessons of Health Care Union Resistance in Finland and Canada Jyrki Katainen, the Finnish government’s current Finance Minister, made an infamous promise to voters during the last elections: to...

  • Reading Beauvoir
  • By Marlene Streeruwitz
  • The young woman, who wants to write an essay on Beauvoir tells me, she would not enjoy reading her. “It really gets you down,“ she says. She looks at the table and pushes the microphone back and...

  • Left Without Work
  • By Ruurik Holm
  • In April, Left Forum, a Finnish component of the Transform network, published a volume entitled The Left Looking for Work (in Finnish: Vasemmisto etsii työtä, Like Publishing Ltd.), authored by the...

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