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centralization

[sen-truh-luh-zey-shuh n] /ˌsɛn trə ləˈzeɪ ʃən/
noun
1.
the act or fact of centralizing; fact of being centralized.
2.
the concentration of administrative power in a central government, authority, etc.
3.
Chiefly Sociology.
  1. a process whereby social groups and institutions become increasingly dependent on a central group or institution.
  2. concentration of control or power in a few individuals.
Origin
1795-1805
1795-1805; centralize + -ation
Related forms
anticentralization, adjective, noun
overcentralization, noun
procentralization, adjective
recentralization, noun
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Examples from the web for centralization
  • The real problem with our electrical power industry is centralization of power generation.
  • It is designed to heighten individual autonomy and thwart centralization.
  • After years of centralization, a new kind of startup wants to give control back to users.
  • Regional variation in pottery styles suggests little progress toward political centralization and unification.
  • Highly dependent organizations rely on centralization and formalization to maintain administrative control.
  • Provides advice on determining how much centralization is desirable and how to achieve it.
  • Suggests beginning centralization with a top executive mandate.
  • Indeed, imperial centralization ran counter to their desire for local autonomy.
Word Origin and History for centralization
n.

1801, especially of administrative power, originally with reference to Napoleonic France and on model of French centralisation. See centralize + -ation.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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