The affairs of the ISA are governed by
the Assembly of Councils which is composed of all members
of the Council of National Associations and the Research
of National Associations consists of one delegate
from each member country. The
Research Council is composed of representatives of
all Research Committees and sponsors
scientific activities of the ISA.
The rules of functioning
of the Research Committees are detailed in
Every four years at the time of the World
Congress, the Assembly of Councils elect the President
and Vice-Presidents. Each Council elect 8 members of
the Executive Committee.
Committee administers the affairs of the Association between
these meetings, while the ISA Secretariat executes the
decisions and handles administrative matters. Officers
of the Executive Committee serve on at least one of the
The Faculty of Political Sciences and Sociology
of the University Complutense in Madrid is the host of
the Secretariat. Activities of the ISA are financed from membership dues and sales of publications.
ISA archives are located at The
International Institute of Social History (IISH) in
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.