de·​cen·​tral·​i·​za·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌsen-trə-lə-ˈzā-shən \

Definition of decentralization

1 : the dispersion or distribution of functions and powers a decentralization of powers specifically, government : the delegation of power from a central authority to regional and local authorities the decentralization of the state's public school system government decentralization
2 sociology : the redistribution of population and industry from urban centers to outlying areas

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decentralize \ (ˌ)dē-​ˈsen-​trə-​ˌlīz \ verb

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Under the presidency of Boris Yeltsin from 1991 to 1999, there was a fair amount of decentralization of governance to outlying regions, creating pockets of regional autonomy that could challenge the center. Ann M. Simmons, WSJ, "Despite Demonstrations, Russian Elections Promise No Drama—By Design," 9 Sep. 2018 The law implements chapter seven of Tunisia’s January 2014 constitution, which mandated governmental decentralization in an effort to establish local democracy. Elizabeth R. Nugent, Washington Post, "Tunisia’s first post-uprisings local elections are Sunday. Can they bolster citizens’ belief in democracy?," 4 May 2018 Second, Ukrainians outside the contested regions of Donbas and Crimea rallied around moderate policy proposals like decentralization, shunned right-wing politicians and parties, and peacefully elected a new president and parliament. Joshua Tucker, Washington Post, "Ukrainians are getting less divided by language, not more. Here’s the research.," 8 June 2018 Blockchains like Bitcoin are inherently inefficient, trading speed for decentralization, reach and security. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Bitcoin’s Lightning Network Upgrade Gets Some Hands-On Testing," 21 Jan. 2018 The chief lesson is that peace is attainable by decentralization of powers and the right qualities of leadership. The Christian Science Monitor, "A model of peace to help end Yemen’s war," 14 June 2018 The strange culture surrounding these cryptocurrencies is increasingly making its way into art, in works that explore value, decentralization and the buzz around digital money. Sophie Haigney, New York Times, "When Crypto Meets Conceptual Art, Things Get Weird," 5 June 2018 Spagni hails from South Africa and is considered one of the leading voices on blockchain and cryptocurrency and is the creator of Monero, an open-source cryptocurrency created in April 2014 that focuses on privacy and decentralization. Dave Brooks, Billboard, "Ticketfly Co-Founder Joins Forces With Cryptocurrency Pioneers to Create New Blockchain Protocol," 23 May 2018 Song's issue is that most enterprise-software companies offering blockchain solutions don't benefit from decentralization. Erin Griffith, WIRED, "When the Blockchain Skeptic Walked Into the Lions' Den," 15 May 2018

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First Known Use of decentralization

1846, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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