from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Concentration of power and authority in a central organization, as in a political system.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A system that centralizes, especially an administration of some kind.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The state or condition of being central; the combination of several parts into one whole; centralization.
- n. The system by which power is centralized, as in a government.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Centralizing tendency or tendencies; the principle of centralization, especially in regard to political and governmental influence and control.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. the political policy of concentrating power in a central organization
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Democratic centralism is one of those terms that make the eyes glaze over, like so many authoritarian and statist terminologies.
But in September Mr Hu dropped a not-so-subtle hint of his own reservations, emphasising the principle of "centralism" - which means upholding party decisions without dissent.
That is the greatness of the principle of democratic centralism which is the basis for the existence and functioning of a communist party.
We believe in centralism which is democratically centralised.
The core of the problem is the principle of "centralism".
"This centralism is killing and paralyzing everything," says the Kurdish governor of Kirkuk, Najmaldin Karim, who favors the partition of Iraq into three or more regions, with Baghdad becoming a "federal zone."
This perspective allows a consideration of policy chimeras based on the merits, the default position being one of centralism (for all the reasons enumerated in the post and in comments).
Those of us who left the party because of Blair's centralism will be waiting to see if the membership will once again make policy under Miliband's leadership, or if this is another example of bypassing the membership in favour of a vague notion of "supporters" who have no responsibility to any coherent party organisation.
No local politician of any stripe is going to do everything they might like to for their population in this fix, and especially not since Britain's fiscal centralism blocks every theoretical escape.
Polly Toynbee Comment, 17 May presents a false choice between benign centralism and fractious localism.