The crypto-community generally espouses maximum decentralisation, and is often seen as the reaction against the growing centralisation of wealth and power in modern society. However there is a case to make for a less extreme view - that the degree of centralisation versus decentralisation needs to find a balance, and we also need to be clear about what exactly we are decentralising, and what we are centralising.
For example, take decentralised decision-making. Its clearly difficult, sometimes impossible, for coordinated decisions to be made by a large decentralised group, and to be made on a timely and effective basis. Yet often, situations call for such sharp decision-making. Especially when it comes to opportunistic or strategic situations.
Further, members of large groups do not universally have the skill or time to reflect on every group decision that might be required. Most will be inclined to delegate the decision-making on specific issues to trusted and philosophically aligned parties. This makes a more efficient system by allowing all members of the network to specialise and focus their energy on the things that are most rewarding to them.
The key property that needs to be decentralised among a stakeholder base is power. As long as stakeholders hold the keys that empower or disempower their delegated decision-makers, and these can be enacted effectively and promptly without those decision-makers usurping the process, then decision-blocs and decision-heirarchies might actually prove to be very efficient structures in society, that, rather than serving the decision-makers, serve only the stakeholders. With this stakeholder power, the decentralised network ought to be able to deconstruct and reconstruct whatever structures they desire according to their mutual effectiveness. The current delegate system with slate-votes is but an early example of this.
The power of a system to grow and dominate its competitors lies in this organic balance - decentralisation with centralisation, self-organisation with global action. Developing the organisational and stakeholder control tools that would facilitate this would make a more powerful, adaptive and enduring system.