Topics Power to declare/approve war

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


The process that the government must follow in order to establish a declaration of war. For example, this could be a power of the head of state, of the cabinet as a whole, or it could require consent from the legislative branch.


Executive; International Law

Survey Questions

  • Who has the power to declare war?
  • Who has the power to approve declarations of war?