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A centralized, or centralised (see spelling differences), government is the form of government in which power is concentrated in a central authority to which local governments are subject. Centralization occurs both geographically and politically.


A centralized government is characterized by the way local governments are designated by the central Government of the country, like the local administrative authorities. In this type of polity unlike a federation, local legislative assemblies do not exist.

Nearly any government can be said to centralize their power to a degree. The term is applied to governments that vest limited authority to its subjects and often used in comparative terms, such as "highly centralized government" or "weakly centralized government".

As seen in history

In United Statesmarker history, a centralized government was something that many in the Thirteen Colonies wanted to avoid, for they thought it would overpower them.


  1. "A History of the United States" by Boorstin Kelley

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