parliamentary societies in prosperous states generate a large middle class that is able to vote for center-left or center-right parties. this is the condition in which transition to democracy becomes possible without violence or great dislocation of society.
when a significant minority decides that real democracy is more important than blindly supporting tweedledum-or-dee, they will form a citizen action group, and tell the parties they will only vote for one which establishes an effective and accessible power of citizen initiative referendum. one of the major parties will submit, the other will follow. if neither does, small parties will see an opportunity to grow and eventually win.
with 'cir',the electorate can gradually shape society into democracy.