Andrew Bernstein


I am a Political Scientist who specializes in Public Opinion, Direct Democracy and Political Misperceptions. I have a passion for international politics and believe community-based journalism with an emphasis on critical thinking and perspectivism is greatly needed. My thesis analyzed political misperceptions during the Brexit referendum campaign. I became interested in this topic when I realized that a great number of people had been manipulated during the campaign and that there was a great chance this had affected the referendum´s outcome. In a world dominated by terms like fake news and post-truth, I aim to analyze how people process information and form their political beliefs using quantitative and qualitative methods.

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27 March 2018

• (view) . . Comment: Different perceptions of democracy underpin stand-off in Catalonia‎; 11:55:35, 27 Mar 2018 . . Andrew Bernstein (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Hello Joan, Thank you for your comment. I think that the definition of “political prisoners” implies that they are people who are imprisoned for their beliefs and political ideology. In this case, these Catalan politicians were able to defend their ideas in the Catalan parliament and society very freely before the (according to Spanish law) illegal referendum that took place on October 1st. While I agree that imprisonment for these political actions is extreme, I would not classify them as political prisoners myself. When there is an established legal framework and people decide to act against it, they must acknowledge that they are bound to be held responsible for their actions. Furthermore, the arrests were ordered by judges, and the Catalan leaders are awaiting trial. The fact that those leaders who decided to abandon the unilateral declaration of independence have been released has to do, in my opinion, with the observation by the judges that they won´t persevere in the (according to Spanish law) illegal actions that caused their arrest in the first place. )

14 February 2018

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19 December 2017

• (view) . . Comment: Catalonia's separatism put to test in election‎; 12:57:30, 19 Dec 2017 . . Andrew Bernstein (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Hi George, Thank you for taking into account my suggestion. Best, Andrew )

18 December 2017

• (view) . . Comment: Catalonia's separatism put to test in election‎; 18:41:30, 18 Dec 2017 . . Andrew Bernstein (talk | contribs)‎‎ ( Comment -> Hi George, This is an excellent piece on the current state of affairs in Catalonia and the future prospects of this whole political conflict. There are two things that in my opinion could be improved: The first one is that there is no mention to “Els Comuns” which is a party that will have an essential role after these elections, for it does not classify itself within any of the two blocs. Since right now it seems that there is almost an absolute draw between the parties on both sides, this party might hold the keys to the future government. The second is the map and the linguistic explanation it gives about the regions that speak the Catalan language. It says that it is spoken in some parts of the Balearic Islands, and this is misleading because it is spoken in all four of the main Balearic islands. Every island has a different Catalan dialect. Also, the map does not explain that Catalan is also spoken all over the Valencia Autonomous Region. Although there has been extensive debate about whether Valenciano is actually Catalan, these debates have been more political than linguistic. From a linguistic standpoint, there is no doubt that the language they speak in “La Comunidad Valenciana” is Catalan. )

11 December 2017

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