The International Network for Democratic Economic Planning (INDEP), is an international network of workers, students, researchers, and activists, who share the common goal of advancing a post-capitalist economic system based on democratic economic planning.

Our Mission

We believe it is necessary to go beyond only criticizing and opposing capitalism to bring the goal of post-capitalism into focus by envisaging the institutions of a new social order and by carefully working towards its realization today. INDEP strives to catalyze that process.

It is not the role of INDEP to endorse a single proposal for a post-capitalist society but to facilitate the rich research, debate, and experimentation on that question. However, as a network, we believe that humanity can only overcome the chronic dysfunction of capitalism, including the urgent ecological and climate crises, by transforming society to a system based on democratic economic planning, which we advocate as the alternative to both command and market economies.

What is Democratic Economic Planning?

Broadly, democratic planning means that important decisions over production, reproduction, consumption, distribution, investment – and, indeed, about our lives in general – are determined consciously and collectively via democratic processes rather than by state authorities or market forces.

We reject Command Economies

We reject command economies and the direction of society by any elite, however well-intentioned. Democratic economic planning emerges in a society which is genuinely popular and free. This is not compatible with a state-dominated social order, characterised by elitist and autocratic governance, a hierarchical division of labour, and the instrumentalization of workers. Rather, democratic economic planning depends upon the self-organisation of communities, and is characterized by democratic governance and by a classless and need-supportive division of labour, and the autonomy of workers. We are committed to empowering individuals and communities to actively participate in shaping their destinies, cooperating autonomously rather than being controlled by state authorities.

We reject Market Economies

We also reject market society. This includes “Market Socialism” in its various forms. We acknowledge that the very definition of “market” is hotly contested and INDEP members will span a variety of opinions. Nonetheless, we do not endorse a society controlled by market forces and the cycle of capital, even with “worker control” of individual enterprises and/or profit-sharing. In a market economy, societal evolution is driven by the competition between enterprises for profit and growth in an environment where the dominant strategy is “grow or die”. This is an emergent process blind to human and ecological needs, wherein the structure of human activity is determined by narrow economic performance, price competition, the commodification of labour power, and a feedback loop of profit-investment-profit.

We believe the future of humanity lies beyond these pitfalls, in a post-capitalist society based on democratic economic planning.


The aims of the network are to enable members to:

  • Share information
  • Build relationships with others in the community
  • Support each other in advancing the theory and practice of democratic economic planning
  • Collaborate on projects
  • Foster constructive critical dialogue on democratic economic planning


INDEP is committed to enacting, at the least, our values of Inclusivity, Diligence, Respect, Fairness, Autonomy, Democracy, and Collaboration.


We will encourage all individuals, regardless of background, to engage and participate actively in INDEP’s initiatives and decision-making processes.


We will act with competence and integrity, thereby enhancing the reputation and effectiveness of the Network.


We will act as colleagues and treat each other with respect, regardless of any differences of opinion.


We will endeavour to maintain a fair distribution of work and expenses.


We will facilitate members in taking their own initiative, interacting peer-to-peer and organizing their own activities, and we will take initiative.


We will ensure that important decisions are proposed, discussed, and decided, through democratic processes, characterised by transparency, participation, deliberation, and minimal hierarchy.


We will act collaboratively and support the health of the Network as a whole, striving for win-win scenarios.