Democracy and its Futures

Research on democratic discourse and electoral politics brings together various faculty members who have organised global conversations on democracy and more recently begun work on ecologies of democracy and freedom of speech. The Centre’s Lokniti programme has pioneered empirical studies of elections, reflected on comparative democracy, studied public opinion on several issues and worked on youth and religion in India. Lokniti houses the largest database on Indian elections; its research output is used by academics the world over. The peer-reviewed journal Studies in Indian Politics (launched in 2013) is an outcome of this intellectual engagement.