relevance deprivation syndrome
Definition A popular term for the constellation of changes affecting a person who had previously been in a position of power and authority and either retired from the post or was pushed out, resulting in a loss of relevance and importance of his or her opinions and connections with power brokers and decision makers.
The term was coined by former Australian Foreign Minister Gareth Evans in a press interview shortly after his retirement. It is a subtle permutation of the retirement syndrome.
Synonym Limelight deprivation syndrome