Q. Which of the following statements best describes “Participatory democracy”?

[A] It is a model of democracy in which no one group dominates politics and organized groups compete with each other to influence policy.

[B] It is a model of democracy in which a small number of people, usually those who are wealthy and well-educated, influence political decision making.

[C] It is a model of democracy in which citizens have the power to decide directly on policy and politicians are responsible for implementing those policy decisions.

[D] It is a model of democracy in which citizens are directly responsible for making policy decisions.

Answer: C
Notes:

Pluralist democracy is a model of democracy in which no one group dominates politics and organized groups compete with each other to influence policy.

Elite democracy is a model of democracy in which a small number of people, usually those who are wealthy and well-educated, influence political decision making.

Participatory democracy is not the same as direct democracy, in which citizens are directly responsible for making policy decisions.