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This case study features the Northern Ireland Pensioners Parliament (NIPP), a participatory body organized by the Age Sector Platform charity and launched on February 23 2011 by the First and deputy First Ministers of Northern Ireland. The NIPP aims to empower older people (those aged 60 and above) in policy making and implementation in Northern Ireland.
Participatory decentralization is the process of handing out legitimate political authority to the citizens. It contributes to democratization by bringing the government ‘closer to the people’, imparting the citizens with political knowledge through their participation in local management, and making the government more accountable.