Introduction. In search of the missing link.
Representative democracy is going through a time of deep difficulties. As in past similar situations there are many attempts at updating it so to get out of a permanent legitimization and functionality crisis. In the last thirty years the predominant movement has been towards a stronger role for authority however the resulting mix of market, technocracy and populism, more or less media based, is increasingly unpopular. The time seems ripe for a re-evaluation of the demos. Are we in the wake of another disillusionment or things are really changing?