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“Decentralization” or “Decentralisation”


Decentralization and decentralisation are both English terms.


Decentralization is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while decentralisation is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
decentralization 97 41 60 98 87 30 100 40 42 100 100 100
decentralisation 3 59 40 2 13 70 0 60 58 0 0 0

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "decentralization" over "decentralisation" (97 to 3).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 59 to 41 preference for "decentralisation" over "decentralization".
  • In India, there is a preference for "decentralization" over "decentralisation" (60 to 40).
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "decentralization" over "decentralisation" (98 to 2).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "decentralization" over "decentralisation" (87 to 13).
  • In Australia, there is a 70 to 30 preference for "decentralisation" over "decentralization".
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "decentralization" over "decentralisation" (100 to 0).
  • In Ireland, there is a 60 to 40 preference for "decentralisation" over "decentralization".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 58 to 42 preference for "decentralisation" over "decentralization".
  • In Jamaica, there is a preference for "decentralization" over "decentralisation" (100 to 0).
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "decentralization" over "decentralisation" (100 to 0).
  • In Guyana, there is a preference for "decentralization" over "decentralisation" (100 to 0).

Below, we provide some examples of when to use decentralization or decentralisation with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “decentralization”

  • Many observers argued that the decentralization experiment was a canard: Little
  • Furthermore, and due to the decentralization of powers that characterizes Spain's
  • during this time period, the decentralization of government and dominance by
  • particular, the policy foresaw the decentralization of water services.
  • they would be hamstrung by decentralization and a lack of funds,
  • the Ministry of the Interior, Decentralization and Electronic Governance () was
  • is connected with an ongoing decentralization of energy systems with energy
  • re-implemented in part during the decentralization process of the late 1990s
  • productive vanguards," at "flexibility" and "decentralization" in labor markets and production,
  • Decentralization of government, including the establishment

Examples of “decentralisation”

  • that Century City would cause decentralisation from the Cape Town central
  • whose move marks a large-scale decentralisation from London.
  • continent, that accentuated freedom and decentralisation from an historicist's perspective.
  • Brown initiated a process of decentralisation with the appointment of a
  • the French government's policy of decentralisation, overseas departments have elected regional
  • party's broad aim was a decentralisation of power.
  • the pursuance of the Government's Decentralisation and Local Government reform Policy
  • the Centre Party, which supports decentralisation, free will, free and fair
  • amendment' to allow for bespoke decentralisation to its members, which was
  • Decentralisation and "democratisation" of government institutions,

(Examples are Wikipedia snippets under the CC ShareAlike 3.0 license.)

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