Meaning of polycentrism

pol•y•cen•trism

Pronunciation: (pol"ē-sen'triz-um), [key]
— n.
  1. the doctrine that a plurality of independent centers of leadership, power, or ideology may exist within a single political system, esp. Communism.
  2. the fact of having many centers of authority or importance: the polycentrism of American intellectual life.
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