Topics Legislative oversight of the executive

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.

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Mechanisms that allow the legislative branch to ensure that executive agencies are enforcing the laws according to the intent of the legislature. Also provides a check on the misuse or abuse of executive power.


Executive; Legislature

Survey Questions

  • Does the legislature have the power to interpellate members of the executive branch, or similarly, is the executive responsible for reporting its activities to the legislature on a regular basis?
  • Does the legislature have the power to investigate the activities of the executive branch?