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Agenda-Setting Dynamics in Canada
Stuart N. Soroka  

$87.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 9/10/2002
ISBN: 9780774809580    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2003
ISBN: 9780774809597    

168 Pages


About the Book

Why do public issues like the environment rise and fall in importance over time? To what extent can the trends in salience be explained by real-world factors? To what degree are they the product of interactions between media content, public opinion, and policymaking? This book surveys the development of eight issues in Canada over a decade -- AIDS, crime, the debt/deficit, the environment, inflation, national unity, taxes, and unemployment -- to explore how the salience of issues changes over time, and to examine why these changes are important to our understanding of everyday politics.

Agenda-Setting Dynamics in Canada offers one of the first empirical analyses of the interaction of the media, the public, and policymakers in Canada and, more generally, makes an important contribution to the study of political communications and policymaking well beyond the Canadian context.

About the Author(s)

Stuart Soroka is Assistant Professor of Political Science, McGill University.

Table of Contents

Tables and Figures

1 Introduction
2 Issues and Issue Types
3 The Media Agenda
4 The Public Agenda
5 The Policy Agenda
6 Modelling Agenda-Setting
7 Expanding the Models
8 Final Conclusions

A Time Series Methods and Agenda-Setting
B The Media Agenda
C The Public Agenda
D The Policy Agenda
E Real-World Indicators



In the vast literature on agenda setting, this book is destined to become one of the top five publications. It will be a "must read" for anyone involved in this line of research, or for general readers interested in the formation of public opinion and public policy.
- Maxwell McCombs, Jesse H. Jones Centennial Chair in Communication, University of Texas at Austin

Soroka’s book is the first study anywhere integrating agenda setting in public policy with agenda setting in the mass media. Consequently, it will be read by public policy and mass media experts worldwide. His truly innovative use of parliamentary question period will be adopted as a standard by students of policy change in parliamentary democracies. The work will be a critical milestone in the study of comparative public policy.
- Bryan D. Jones, Director, Center for American Politics and Public Policy, University of Washington

Rating: *****
“[T]his concise and well-written book could certainly prove useful to scholars interested in agenda-setting, public opinion and policy studies….this book may convince even the most skeptical students of politics to take agenda-setting seriously.”
--Daniel Béland, University of Calgary (Political Studies Review, 1:3, September 2003)

Soroka has produced by far the most detailed and sophisticated study to date of Canadian agenda setting… his clear and concise discussion of the problematics and methods of studying agenda-setting has provided a significant contribution to the literature on the subject.
- Michael Howlett, Professor of Political Science, Simon Fraser University, Political Communication, 20, 343 – 344, 2003.

Sample Chapter

Chapter 1

Related Topics

Political Science > Canada
Public Policy
Political Science

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