One of bitcoin's greatest strengths is it's resistance to change that is not truly endorsed by the majority. At what point will Monero mimic bitcoin's censorship resistance in the form of truly releasing control to the ecosystem? I anticipate the answer may be complicated.
samwellj posted the answer 'hardforks are good for updating the network'. The Monero dev's are taking a different stance on hardforks than bitcoin does, but it's a weighted decision where hardforks are announced 6 months beforehand and miners activate hardforks by sagnalling for it.
If I understand correctly, a certain percentage of miners signalling for the hardfork is what activates it. An argument in moneros favor for miner-signalled hard-forks are it's (potentially) more decentralized mining. If bitcoin tried that we'd be forked already