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.
Stuart Soroka is assistant professor of political science at McGill University.
Tables and Figures Acknowledgments 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 Appendices A Time Series Methods and Agenda-Setting B The Media Agenda C The Public Agenda D The Policy Agenda E Real-World Indicators References Index