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Ana Sofia Cardenal

Ana Sofia Cardenal

Professor of Political Science at the School of Law and Political Science of Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) and Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Internet Institute (IN3)

Ph.D in Political Science (UAB). Diploma in International Relations (SAIS-Bologna). Visiting scholar at Stanford (1993-95) and Fulbright Fellow at NYU (2004). Lecturer in Political Science at Universidad Pompeu Fabra (UPF). Her areas of interest include comparative politics, political behavior, and political methodology. Currently, her research interests develop in the areas of political communication, new media, public opinion and voting.

Ana S. Cardenal is Professor at the Faculty of Law and Political Science at the Open University of Catalonia (UOC) and teaches comparative politics at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF).

She has been a visiting scholar at the Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) at Stanford University (1993-95) and a Fulbright Fellow at the University of New York (2004). She has worked as a consultant for the Inter-American Development Bank and the European Comission, and worked for la Secretaria de Integracion Económica Centroamericana (SIECA) in a regional project on labor market reform supported by the US-AID and the Inter-American Development Bank. In 2001, she joined the Open University of Catalonia to set up the Program on Political Science. Since then, her research has progressively focussed on the political effects of digital media. She is the author and co-editor, respectively, of two books on Latin American politics: La democracia y la tierra. Cambio político en El Salvador (Madrid: CIS, 2002) and (with S. Martí) America Central, las democracias inciertas (Madrid: Tecnos, 1998).

More recently, she has made contributions on several topics related to the political effects of digital media, such the uses of new media by political parties and the effects of new media on political attitudes and behaviour. On some of these issues she has published articles on Policy & Internet, Party Politics, and Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas.

Her fields of interest include political parties, media effects, digital media, public opinion, political attitudes, and electoral behaviour. She is a member of the research grup Governance, Administration and Electronic Democracy at the Internet Interdisciplinary Institute (IN3).

Balcells, Joan, and Sara Riscado. 2013. “Internet and the costs of deciding in election campaigns”. Presented at the General Conference of the ECPR, Bourdeaux.


Balcells, Joan, and Ana S. Cardenal. 2013. “Internet y competición electoral: el caso de Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya”. Revista Española de Investigaciones Sociológicas 141 (-1): 3-28. doi:10.5477/cis/reis.141.3.


Borge, Rosa, and Ana S. Cardenal. 2011. “Surfing the Net: A pathway to participation for the politically uninterested?”. Policy & Internet 3 (1): 1-29.


Cantijoch, Marta. 2009. “Reinforcement and mobilization: the influence of the Internet on different types of political participation”. Paper prepared for delivery at the seminar Citizen Politics: Are the New Media Reshaping Political Engagement? Barcelona, 2009.


Cardenal, Ana S. 2013. “Does Political Knowledge Erode Partisanship? The Moderating Role of the Media Envionment in the Cognitive Mobilization Hypothesis”. Presented at the General Conference of the ECPR, Bourdeaux.

Padró-Solanet, Albert. 2010. “Internet and Votes: The Impact of New ICTs on the 2008 Spanish Parliamentary Elections”. Presentació de la conferència «Internet, Politics, Policy, 16-17.


Prior, Markus. 2007. Post-Broadcast Democracy: How Media Choice Increases Inequality in Political Involvement and Polarizes Elections. 1.a ed. Cambridge University Press.


Schelling, Thomas C. 2006. Micromotives and Macrobehavior. W. W. Norton & Company.


Stroud, Natalie Jomini. 2008. “Media use and political predispositions: Revisiting the concept of selective exposure”. Political Behavior 30 (3): 341-66.


Sudulich, Laura, Matthew Wall, and Leonardo Baccini. 2013. “Wired voters: Internet Exposure and Campaign Effects on voters’ uncertainty”. British Journal of Political Science, available on CJO2014. doi: 10.1017/S0007123413000513.