So… what is exactly is democracy? Highly debatable and subject to personal, regional and contextual interpretations. At the very best, we have a floating but anchored conception of democracy.
“What democracy is cannot be separated from what democracy should be. A democracy exists only insofar as its ideals and values bring it into being…. in a democracy the tension between fact and value reaches the highest point, since no other ideal is further from the reality in which it has to operate.”
– Giovanni Sartori, Theory of Democracy Revisited, 1987