polycentrism

[ pol-ee-sen-triz-uh m ]
/ ˌpɒl iˈsɛn trɪz əm /

noun

the doctrine that a plurality of independent centers of leadership, power, or ideology may exist within a single political system, especially Communism.
the fact of having many centers of authority or importance: the polycentrism of American intellectual life.

Origin of polycentrism

First recorded in 1955–60; polycentr(ic) + -ism
Related formspol·y·cen·tric, adjectivepol·y·cen·trist, noun, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for polycentrism

polycentrism

/ (ˌpɒlɪˈsɛntrɪzəm) /

noun

(formerly) the fact, principle, or advocacy of the existence of more than one guiding or predominant ideological or political centre in a political system, alliance, etc, in the Communist world
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012