ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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National Election Study 2004

The essay introduces the National Election Study 2004 to readers of the set of papers published here which draw heavily on the findings of the study. It presents the basic methodological details so that the quality and limitations of the data can be assessed. The paper also traces the evolution of the tradition of the NES in India and discusses some of its current dilemmas, so as to invite a healthy debate on value and limitations of survey research. To this end, after marking the continuities and changes in a four decade-old tradition and noting the distinctive attributes of the NES 2004, the essay presents the sample frame, the sampling technique and the profile of the sample. It concludes by placing NES 2004 in a comparative perspective and raising some larger questions.

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