Definition of democratic centralism in English:

democratic centralism

noun

  • [mass noun] The Leninist organizational system in which policy is decided centrally and is binding on all members.

    • ‘Inside the party, democratic centralism degenerated into bureaucratic centralization, so that by the 1930s there was a wide gap between party officials and party members.’
    • ‘It is generally believed that the model used by the government for making policy decisions follows the so-called ‘principle of collective leadership under democratic centralism.’’
    • ‘It was in this section of the book that Rodney developed the critique of vanguardism and the party form that celebrated the virtues of democratic centralism where there was a lot of centralisation but no democracy.’
    • ‘Dunphy remains faithful, by contrast, to the tradition of democratic centralism, ceding little control to others.’
    • ‘In theory democratic centralism makes the executive accountable to the Party, but only in theory.’