The Assembly as an epiphany of constituent power

Democratic metaphysics presents the people as the ultimate source of legitimacy for constitutional order and “everyday” democratic policy. However, the democratic reality takes the form of the most indirect and limited manifestation of the democratic will of the people. The constitutional power of the people is subjugated not only by representative institutions/procedures, but also by delegating certain competences to bodies not accounted for directly by citizens (e.g. constitutional courts, supranational institutions). From such a perspective, the assembly conceived as a corporal and direct presence of citizens' will, becomes a place where democracy really happens. The assembly is an expression of subjects articulating their particular demands. Introduces the political dimension to the policy of the “constituted power”: disputes about specific rights or demands which are apart from the perception of the main actors of institutionalized and ritual formal democracy.