Topics Colonies

Constitute topics are built from the variables in the Comparative Constitutions Project’s dataset, which captures the content of world constitutions. The particular variables relevant to this topic are listed below, in the form of survey questions.

More information about the CCP’s research design is available here, including background information on how the team designed the inventory of constitutional topics as well as the full coding survey


Mention of territory beyond the national borders that is under the government's control. This may include colonies, protectorates, or territories.


Principles and Symbols


decolonization; independence; protectorates; territories

Survey Questions

  • How does the Constitution treat the status of colonies, protectorates, and territories?
  • How does the Constitution view the prospect of territorial expansion?
  • What political status does the constitution assign to the residents of colonies, protectorates, or territories?
  • What specific colonies or protectorates does the Constitution mention?