International Election Study Association of India (IESAI) is an endeavor to connect the local electoral conscience and practices of the citizens of India with that of the existing 117 electoral democracies around the world. It also offers a platform for an informed and fair academic engagement that shall pave the way for a matured electoral discourse for the electorates, mainstream media, people's representatives, policy makers, social organization and research institutions, etc.
Most of the existing researches primarily rely on the quantitative study of the election surveys that covers the pre-poll and the post-poll at the state and national level. The dominance of quantitative analysis of election with particular focus on state and national elections has confined the discourse of election study which merely cover the surface value of electoral behavior by limiting its focus on issue such as election manifesto, propaganda, campaigning style of political parties and probability of winning and losing the electoral battle etc. Consequently, the space for academia, researchers, policy makers and public debate revolves around the minimum level of democracy that in turn hinders the flourishing of the real meaning of democracy which is ‘a mode of associated living of conjoint communicated experience…which is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellowmen’.
Therefore, IESAI seeks to bring together the electoral practices and experiences from different corners of the world and connect it to the local level panchayat elections including state and national electoral practices in India. Such endeavor seeks to unfold the possibility of exploring alternative/new methodology to dig deeper into the electoral behavior of people across different sociological and political categories. Therefore the vision of IESAI revolves around generating a discourse about the ethics of democracy which implicitly and explicitly are practiced by the people across the spaces. Deep ethnographic and qualitative exploration of electoral behavior can be seen as complementary to the qualitative method in understanding both the larger question of democracy and grassroots understanding of democracy in order to bring a connect between and generate a discourse on.
· To create an analytical osmosis between quantitative, qualitative and other forms of data to better understand the society and offer better electoral discourse for voters (electorates), candidates (people's representatives), social institutions, media, policy makers, administration, election managers, government, researchers and scholars of election study in India and the world.
· To provide platform for maturing the discourse of electoral democracy to meet its ethical meaning i.e. ‘a mode of associated living of conjoint communicated experience…which is essentially an attitude of respect and reverence towards fellowmen’.
· To maintain a comparative archival history of electoral democracy in India
· To analyze and study unique practices and experiences of elections in other electoral democracies in the world
The research, editorial and managing team of this association comprises of organic and integrated collectivity of experts from multi-disciplines and research areas who are engaged in looking at the divergent aspects of the election study and electoral democracy in India and the world.