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The practice or doctrine of giving a centralized government control over economic planning and policy.

stat′ist adj. & n.


(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the theory or practice of concentrating economic and political power in the state, resulting in a weak position for the individual or community with respect to the government


(ˈsteɪ tɪz əm)

the principle or policy of concentrating extensive economic and political controls in the state.
[1915–20; translation of French étatisme]
stat′ist, n., adj.

statism, stateism

1. the principle of concentrating major political and economic controls in the state.
2. the support of the sovereignty of the state. — statist, n., adj.
See also: Government
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Lewis' rejection of statism and support for political decentralisation is pivotal, reflected in his advocacy of interdependence at sub-national and supra-national levels.
Whatever the causes of surging statism, the effects were dramatic and apparent.
Likewise leaders of trade unions affiliated to semi-governmental organisations said the bill smacked of authoritarianism and statism, and threatened the independence of such entities.
Themes of 'from urgency to strategy' and 'from abstract to concrete action' lead to the identification of three strategic options: climate communitarianism, climate economism and climate statism.
The first part deals with the history of the concepts of statism and cosmopolitanism, and the question of the method employed in the book.
In the meantime, we have yet to hear one word from Pope Francis about the statism that has caused far more poverty than any system of free enterprise as we are seeing in Europe and the U.
The man whose name is a synonym for statism to many on the right in fact "believed that budgets should be balanced over the business cycle, with surpluses in good years to offset deficits in bad years," as Bruce Bartlett has observed.
Mercator is also still struggling with ownership issues, which symbolizes the problems that the country's companies are having as investors avoid the one-time darling of the new EU members states, but whose statism is now seen as a big part of the problem.
Branson's comment illustrates my contention that statism (irrational belief in the benign power and competence of centralised authority) has made the dichotomy between left and right totally meaningless and mad.
Maurice Clements, a spokesman for the Ralph Smeed Foundation, the ultra-libertarian group that owns the billboard boasting the slogan, 'Making Statism Unpopular' - admitted to the Idaho Statesman that the provocative content is 'a technique of trying to make a point, and maybe it was poorly done'.
He said: "The mutual taking of responsibility pushes back that passive welfarism, a passive statism, some people call it, that is the state is the provider and solver of problems.