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Concentration of power and authority in a central organization, as in a political system.

cen′tral·ist n.
cen′tral·is′tic adj.
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Adj.1.centralistic - advocating centralization
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In the first case, fiscal and political union are code words for centralistic arrangements in the eurozone that would ensure fiscal discipline in member states.
Witt added, "Systems and management which are centralistic and inflexible are hampering postgraduate education.
We do not have formal ties whereas the EU is centralistic and very formal; we do things in our own pragmatic ways; we come from transparent societies; and we do not need all these EU rules and regulations saying us to do things differently.
Here, the study reveals limits to the centralistic political accountability.