Topics Designation of commander in chief

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


Establishes ultimate control of the state's armed forces. Usually the head of state or head of government. This may be a ceremonial role, or may involve significant decision-making power.



Survey Questions

  • Who is the commander in chief of the armed forces?
  • Is any body required to authorize or approve military actions of the commander and chief?
  • Are there any other restrictions on the military power of the commander in chief?