democratic centralism

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democratic centralism
 
n
the Leninist principle that policy should be decided centrally by officials, who are nominally democratically elected

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democratic centralism

decision-makingdecision-making practice and disciplinary policy adopted by the Communist Party of the Soviet Union (CPSU) and subsequently followed by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and by communist parties in other countries.

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