Topics Initiation of general legislation

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


Specifies who has the power to propose new legislation. Beyond members of the legislature, this may or may not be extended to political parties, the general public, the head of government, or the head of state.



Survey Questions

  • Who does the constitution specify can initiate general legislation?