Democracy often becomes a mere magical ritual to bind together a society with it's elites and leaders, though they may have no interest in the well-being of that society. It is the act of marking off a little box of paper that at once makes a person feel like they have "participated" and "done something" and also have some "say" in the way things are run. However, if the veil grows too thin and the wizard behind the curtain becomes apparent, the legitimacy of a pseudo-democracy may collapse in the blink of an eye.
This is a problem, which afflicts, and will afflict more and more, the current European "parliament" and technocracy. Not to speak of the Slovenistani situation.