Agenda-setting Dynamics in CanadaBook - 2002
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.
Soroka (political science, McGill U.) investigates the relationship between media, the public, and policymakers as a means of understanding political systems. He examines why media, public, and policy agendas move together on certain issues, but not on others; the degree to which these trends can be explained by real-world factors; and the extent to which they are the product of media effects, public concern, or attention from policymakers. The text explores eight issues in Canada from 1985 to 1995: AIDS, crime, debt/deficit, environment, inflation, national unity, taxes, and unemployment. Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)