Stuart

Soroka

Professor
Communication Studies & Political Science
University of Michigan

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Research

My ongoing research includes the following projects:
- Attention to Negative News: Evolutionary and Cultural Accounts, focused on cross-national psychophysiological experiments on media effects, and funded by the SSHRC.
- Degrees of Democracy, focused on the dynamic relationship between public opinion and public policy, and the moderating role of both political and media institutions.
- A Social Science Collaboration for Research on Communication and Learning based upon Big Data, focused on large-scale automated content analysis, and funded by MIDAS.

My published research is listed below under the following themes: Political Communications and Mass Media / Public Opinion & Policy / Immigration, Diversity and the Welfare State / Political Behavior & Legislative Politics / Measurement and Methods / Other Papers and Reports

Alternatively, all publications are listed in chronological order on my CV, available here; selected conference papers are available through the Social Science Research Network, here; and selections from my books are available via Google Books here.

Political Communications and Mass Media

Christopher Wlezien, Stuart Soroka and Dominik Stecula. N.d. “A Cross-National Analysis of the Causes and Consequences of Economic News,” forthcoming in Social Science Quarterly.

Eran Amsalem, Tamir Sheafer, Stefaan Walgrave, Peter John Loewen and Stuart Soroka. 2017. "Media Motivation and Elite Rhetoric in Comparative Perspective," Political Communication, currently in Firstview.

Stuart Soroka, Peter Loewen, Patrick Founier and Daniel Rubenson. 2016. "The Impact of News Photos on Support for Military Action," Political Communication 33(4): 563-582.

Stuart Soroka. 2016. "Gatekeeping and the Negativity Bias." Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Politics (online here).

Stuart Soroka, Elisabeth Gidengil, Patrick Fournier and Lilach Nir. 2016. "Do Women and Men Respond Differently to Negative News?" Politics & Gender 12(2): 344-368.

JungHwan Yang, Hernando Rojas, et al. 2016. “Why are ‘others’ so polarized? Perceived political polarization and media use in 10 countries,” Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication (21(5): 349-367.

Stuart Soroka, Dominik Stecula and Christopher Wlezien. 2015. "It's (Change in) the (Future) Economy, Stupid: Economic Indicators, the Media, and Public Opinion," American Journal of Political Science, 59(2): 457-474.

Stuart Soroka and Stephen McAdams. 2015. "News, Politics and Negativity," Political Communication 32: 1-22.

Stuart Soroka, Lori Young and Meital Balmas. 2015. "Bad News or Mad News? Sentiment Scoring of Negativity, Fear, and Anger in News Content," AAPSS, 659(1): 108-121.

Stuart Soroka, 2014. Negativity in Democratic Politics: Causes and Consequences. Cambridge Studies in Public Opinion and Political Psychology, Cambridge University Press.

Marc Trussler and Stuart Soroka. 2014. “Consumer Demand for Cynical and Negative News Frames,” International Journal of Press and Politics 19(3): 360-379.

James Curran, Sharon Coen, Stuart Soroka et al. 2014. "Reconsidering ‘Virtuous Circle’ and ‘Media Malaise’ Theories of the Media: An 11-Nation Study," Journalism 15(7): 815-833.

Andrea Lawlor, Adam Mahon and Stuart Soroka. 2014. "The Mass Media and Welfare Policy Framing: A Study in Policy Definition,” in Political Communication in Canada, Alex Marland, Thierry Giasson and Tamara Small, eds., Vancouver: University of British Columbia Press.

Rodney Tiffen, Paul K. Jones, David Rowe et al. 2013. "Sources in the News: A Comparative Study" forthcoming in Journalism Studies 15(4): 374-391.

Stuart Soroka. 2014. “Reliability and Validity in Automated Content Analysis,” in Communication and Language Analysis in the Corporate World, Roderick P. Hart, ed., Hershey PA: CGI Global.

Stuart Soroka, Olga Redko and Quinn Albaugh. 2013. "Television in the Legislature: The Impact of Cameras in the House of Commons," Parliamentary Affairs.

Stuart Soroka. 2012. "The Gatekeeping Function: Distributions of Information in Media and the Real World," The Journal of Politics 74(2); 514-528.

Stuart Soroka, Blake Andrew, Toril Aalberg, Shanto Iyengar, James Curran et al. 2013. "Auntie Knows Best? Public Broadcasters and Current Affairs Knowledge," British Journal of Political Science 43(4): 719-739.

Penelope Diagnault, Stuart Soroka and Thierry Giasson. 2013. "The Perception of Political Advertising During An Election Campaign: A Preliminary Study of Cognitive and Emotional Effects," Canadian Journal of Communication 28: 167-186.

Toril Aalberg, Stylianos Papathanassopoulos, Stuart Soroka, James Curran, Kaori Hayashi, Shanto Iyengar, Paul K. Jones, Gianpietro Mazzoleni, Hernando Rojas, David Rowe, and Rodney Tiffen. 2013. "International TV News, Foreign Affairs Interest and Public Knowledge. A comparative study of foreign news coverage and public opinion in 11 countries." Journalism Studies 14(3).

Lori Young and Stuart Soroka. 2012. "Affective News: The Automated Coding of Sentiment in Political Texts", Political Communication 29: 205-231.

Stuart Soroka and Stephen McAdams. 2012. "News, Politics and Negativity," Working Paper 2012s-14, CIRANO, Scientific Series.

Eric Belanger and Stuart Soroka. 2012. "Campaigns and the Prediction of Election Outcomes: Can Historical and Campaign-Period Prediction Models Be Combined?" Electoral Studies 31: 702-714.

Stuart Soroka, Stephen Farnsworth, Lori Young and Andrea Lawlor. 2012. "Event-Driven Environmental News in the US and Canada," Electronic Media and Politics 1(10): 143-157.

Stuart Soroka, Andrea Lawlor, Stephen Farnsworth and Lori Young. 2012. "Mass Media and Policymaking," Chapter 16 in the Routledge Handbook of Public Policy, Eduardo Araral, Scott Fritzen, Michael Howlett, M. Ramesh and Xun Wu, eds.

Stephen Farnsworth, Stuart Soroka and Lori Young. 2010. "The International Two-Step Flow in Foreign News: Canadian and US Television News Coverage of Foreign Affairs," International Journal of Press and Politics 15(4): 401-419.

Stuart Soroka, Marc Andre Bodet, Lori Young and Blake Andrew. 2009. "Campaign News and Vote Intentions," Journal of Elections, Public Opinion and Parties 19(4): 359-376.

Stuart Soroka and Blake Andrew. 2009. "Media Coverage of Canadian Elections: Horse-Race Coverage and Negativity in Election Campaigns," in Linda Trimble and Shanon Sampert, eds., Mediating Canadian Politics (Pearson), 113-228.

Stefaan Walgrave, Michiel Nuytemans and Stuart Soroka. 2008. "The Mass Media’s Political Agenda-Setting Power: A Longitudinal Analysis of Media, Parliament and Government in Belgium (1993-2000)", Comparative Political Studies.

Stuart Soroka. 2007. "Agenda-setting and Issue Definition," in Michael Orsini and Miriam Smith, eds., Reconfiguring Policy Analysis: Contemporary Canadian Approaches, University of British Columbia Press.

Stuart Soroka. 2006. "Good News and Bad News: Asymmetric Responses to Economic Information," in The Journal of Politics 68(2): 372-385.

Stuart Soroka and Maialene Boutin-Wilkins. 2006. "La couverture médiatique des réalisations du gouvernement Charest," in François Pétry, Éric Bélanger, and Louis M. Imbeau, eds., Le Parti libéral: enquête sur les réalisations du gouvernement Charest, Québec: Les Presses de l’Université Laval.

Stuart Soroka and Elvin Lim. 2003. "Issue Definition and the Opinion-Policy Link: Public Preferences and Health Care Spending in the US and UK," British Journal of Politics and International Relations 5(4): 576-93.

Stuart Soroka. 2003. "Media, Public Opinion and Foreign Policy," Harvard International Journal of Press and Politics 8(1): 27-48. Also reprinted in Philip Seib, ed, Political Communication, Sage Benchmarks in Communications, London: Sage.

Stuart Soroka. 2002. "Issue Attributes and Agenda-Setting: Media, the Public, and Policymakers in Canada," International Journal of Public Opinion Research 14(3): 264-85.

Stuart Soroka. 2002. Agenda-Setting Dynamics in Canada. University of British Columbia Press.

Stuart Soroka. 2000. "Schindler’s List’s Intermedia Influence: Exploring the Role of ‘Entertainment’ in Media Agenda-Setting," Canadian Journal of Communication 25(2): 211-30.

Public Opinion and Policy

[See also the Degrees of Democracy project website HERE]

J. Alexander Branham, Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien, N.d., "When Do the Rich Win?," forthcoming in Political Science Quarterly.

Christopher Wlezien and Stuart Soroka. 2015. "Electoral Systems and Opinion Representation," Representation 51(3): 273-285.

Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2015. "The Majoritarian and Proportional Visions and Democratic Responsiveness," Electoral Studies 40: 539–547.

Richard Nadeau, Éric Bélanger, François Pétry, Stuart Soroka and Antonia Maioni. 2014. Health Care Policy and Opinion in the United States and Canada. New York: Routledge. (Portions available through Google Books.)

Mark Franklin, Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2014. "Elections,” in The Oxford Handbook of Public Accountability, Mark Bovens, Robert E. Goodin and Thomas Schillemans, eds., Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2014. "Economic Crisis and Support for Redistribution in the UK,” in Mass Politics in Tough Times, Nancy Bermeo and Larry Bartels, eds., New York: Oxford University Press.

Stuart Soroka, Antonia Maioni and Pierre Martin. 2013. "What Moves Public Opinion on Health Care? Individual Experiences, System Performance and Media Framing." Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law 38(5): 893-920.

Christopher Wlezien and Stuart Soroka. 2012. "Political Institutions and the Opinion-Policy Link," West European Politics 35(6): 1407-1432.

Christopher Wlezien and Stuart Soroka. 2011. "Federalism and Public Responsiveness to Policy," in Publius: The Journal of Federalism 41(1): 31-52.

Christopher Wlezen and Stuart Soroka. 2011. "Inequality in Policy Responsiveness?," in Peters Enns and Christopher Wlezien, Who Gets Represented?, Russell Sage Foundation.

Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2010. Degrees of Democracy: Politics, Public Opinion and Policy, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2010. "Public Opinion and Public Policy," in John Courtney and David Smith, eds., Oxford Handbook of Canadian Politics (OUP).

Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2008. "On the Limits to Inequality in Representation," PS: Political Science and Politics, April 2008: 319-27.

Christopher Wlezien and Stuart Soroka. 2007. "The Relationship Between Public Opinion and Policy," , in Russell Dalton and Hans-Deiter Klingemann, Oxford Handbook of Political Behavior.

Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2005. "Opinion-Policy Dynamics: Public Preferences and Public Expenditure in the UK," with Christopher Wlezien, in British Journal of Political Science 35: 665-689.

Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2004. "Opinion Representation and Policy Feedback: Canada in Comparative Perspective," with Christopher Wlezien, in Canadian Journal of Political Science 37(3): 531-60.

Immigration, Diversity and Welfare State

Allison Harell, Stuart Soroka and Shanto Iyengar. N.d. "Locus of Control and Anti-Immigrant Sentiment in Canada, the US and UK." Currently in FirstView in Political Psychology.

Allison Harell, Stuart Soroka and Shanto Iyengar. 2016. “Race, Prejudice and Attitudes toward Redistribution: A Comparative Experimental Approach.” European Journal of Political Research 55(4): 723–744.

Matthew Wright, Richard Johnston, Jack Citrin and Stuart Soroka. 2017. "Multiculturalism and Muslim Accommodation: Policy and Predisposition Across Three Political Contexts,” Comparative Political Studies 50(1): 102-132.

Stuart Soroka, Allison Harell and Shanto Iyengar. 2016. “Heterogeneity in the Impact of Immigration on Social Welfare Spending,” in Handbook on Migration and Social Policy, Gary Freeman, ed., Elgar Publishing.

Dietlind Stolle, Allison Harell, Stuart Soroka and Jessica Behnke. 2016. “Religious Symbols, Multiculturalism and Policy Attitudes,” Canadian Journal of Political Science 49(2): 335-358.

Stuart Soroka, Richard Johnston, Anthony Kevins, Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka. 2016. "Migration and Welfare State Spending," European Political Science Review 8(2): 173-194.

Allison Harell, Stuart Soroka and Kiera Ladner. 2013. " Public Opinion, Prejudice and the Racialization of Welfare in Canada." Ethnic and Racial Studies 37(14): 2580-2597. Also released as an Editors Pick in a Virtual Special Issue, here.

Keith Banting, Stuart Soroka and Edward Koning. 2013. “Multicultural Diversity and Redistribution,” in Inequality and the Fading of Redistributive Politics, Keith Banting and John Myles, eds., Vancouver: UBC Press.

Shanto Iyengar, Simon Jackman, Solomon Messing et al. 2013. "Do Attitudes About Immigration Predict Willingness to Admit Individual Immigrants? A Cross-National Test of the Person-Positivity Bias," Public Opinion Quarterly 77(3): 641-665.

Stuart Soroka, Allison Harell and Shanto Iyengar. 2013. "Racial cues and attitudes toward redistribution : a comparative experimental approach," EUI Working Paper RSCAS 2013/59.

Allison Harell, Stuart Soroka, Shanto Iyengar and Nicholas Valentino. 2012. "The Impact of Economic and Cultural Cues on Support for Immigration in Canada and the US," Canadian Journal of Political Science 45(3); 499-530.

Keith Banting, Will Kymlicka, Richard Johnston and Stuart Soroka. 2011. "Are Diversity and Solidarity Incompatible?" InRoads: The Canadian Journal of Opinion 28: 36-48.

Richard Johnston, Keith Banting, Will Kymlicka and Stuart Soroka. 2010. "National Identity and Support for the Welfare State," Canadian Journal of Political Science 43(2): 349-377.

Allison Harell and Stuart Soroka. 2010. "Race of Recipient and Support for Welfare in Canada." Working Paper 2010s-42, CIRANO, Scientific Series.

Dietlind Stolle, Stuart Soroka and Richard Johnston. 2008. "When Does Diversity Erode Trust? Neighbourhood Diversity, Interpersonal Trust, and Mediating Effect of Social Interactions," Political Studies. 56(1): 57-75.

Stuart Soroka, John Helliwell and Richard Johnston. 2007. "Measuring and Modelling Trust," in Fiona Kay and Richard Johnston, eds., Social Capital, Diversity and the Welfare State, Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.

Stuart Soroka, Richard Johnston and Keith Banting. 2007. "Ethnicity, Trust and the Welfare State," in Fiona Kay and Richard Johnston, eds., Social Capital, Diversity and the Welfare State, Vancouver, BC: University of British Columbia Press.

Stuart Soroka, Richard Johnston and Keith Banting. 2007. "Ties that Bind: Social Cohesion and Diversity in Canada," In Keith Banting, Thomas J. Courchene and F. Leslie Seidle, eds., The Art of the State III: Belonging? Diversity, Recognition and Shared Citizenship in Canada. Montreal: Institute for Research in Public Policy.

Keith Banting, Will Kymlicka, Richard Johnston and Stuart Soroka. 2006. "Do Multiculturalism Policies erode the welfare state? An empirical analysis", Pp. 49-91 in Keith Banting and Will Kymlicka, eds., Multiculturalism and the Welfare State: Recognition and Redistribution in Advanced Democracies (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006).

Stuart Soroka, Richard Johnston and Keith Banting. 2006. "Immigration and Redistribution in a Global Era," in Sam Bowles, Pranab Bardhan and Michael Wallerstein, eds., Globalization and Egalitarian Redistribution, Princeton University Press and Russell Sage Foundation.

Stuart Soroka, Richard Johnston and Keith Banting. 2005. "Ethnicity, Trust and the Welfare State," Pp. 33-57 in Philippe Van Parijs, ed., Cultural Diversity versus Economic Solidarity, Brussels: Deboeck University.

Richard Johnston and Stuart Soroka. 2001. "Social Capital in a Multicultural Society: The Case of Canada," Pp. 30-44 in Paul Dekker and Eric M. Uslaner, eds., Social Capital and Participation in Everyday Life, London: Routledge.

Political Behavior and Legislative Politics

Patrick Fournier, Fred Cutler, Stuart Soroka, Dietlind Stolle and Éric Bélanger. 2014. "Leadership, Values, Issues, and the 2011 Canadian Election", Canadian Journal of Political Science 46(4): 863-897.

Stuart Soroka, Olga Redko and Quinn Albaugh. 2013. "Television in the Legislature: The Impact of Cameras in the House of Commons," Parliamentary Affairs 2013 (advance copy).

Stuart Soroka, Erin Penner and Kelly Blidook. 2009. "Constituency Influence in Parliament," Canadian Journal of Political Science 42(3): 563-591.

Erin Penner, Stuart Soroka and Kelly Blidook. 2006. "Legislative Priorities and Public Opinion: The Representation of Partisan Agendas in the Canadian House of Commons,"Journal of European Public Policy.

Measurement and Methods

Bryan Jones, Frank Baumgartner, Christian Breunig, Christopher Wlezien, Stuart Soroka, Martial Foucault, Abel Francois, Christoffer Green-Pedersen, Chris Koske, Peter John, Peter B. Moretensen, Frederic Varone, and Stefaan Walgrave. 2009. "A General Empirical Law of Public Budgets: A Comparative Analysis," Amercian Journal of Political Science 53(4): 855-873.

Jim Engle-Warnick and Stuart Soroka. 2009. "Harnessing the Power of Focal Points To Measure Social Agreement," Working Paper 2009s-31, CIRANO, Scientific Series.

Stuart Soroka, Christopher Wlezien and Iain MacLean. 2006. "Public Expenditure in the UK: How Measures Matter," in the Journal of the Royal Statistical Society (Series A), volume 169.

Stuart Soroka and Christopher Wlezien. 2003. "Measures and Models of Budgetary Policy,"Policy Studies Journal 31(2): 273-86.

Stuart Soroka. 2002. "Number of Responses and the Most Important Problem," Nuffield College Politics Working Paper 2002-W34.

Stuart Soroka. 1999. "Policy Agenda-Setting Theory Revisited: A Critique of Howlett on Downs, Baumgartner and Jones, and Kingdon," Canadian Journal of Political Science 32(4): 763-72.

Other Papers & Reports

Stuart Soroka and Adam Mahon. 2012. Better Value: An analysis of the impact of current healthcare system funding and financing models and the value of health and healthcare in Canada. CNA/CHSRF series of reports to inform the CNA National Exper Commission, The Health of our Nation -- The Future of Our Heath System. Paper 3.

Stuart Soroka 2011. Public Perceptions and Media Coverage of the Canadian healthcare System: A Synthesis. CHSRF.

Stuart Soroka and Patrick Fournier. 2011. The Sources of Attitudes on the Canadian Healthcare System. CHSRF.

Stuart Soroka and Sarah Roberton. 2010. A Literature Review of Public Opinion Research on Canadian Attitudes Towards Multiculturalism and Immigration, 2006-2009. Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Stuart Soroka. 2007. Canadian Perceptions of the Health Care System: A Report to the Health Council of Canada.

Blake Andrew, Lori Young and Stuart Soroka. 2008. "Back to the Future: Press Coverage of the 2008 Canadian Election Campaign Strikes Both Familiar and Unfamiliar Notes," Policy Options (November 2008).

Allison Harell, Stuart Soroka and Adam Mahon. 2008. "Is Welfare a Dirty Word? Canadian Public Opinion on Social Assistance Policies," Policy Options (September 2008).

Stephen J. Farnsworth, Stuart Soroka and Lori Young. 2007. "Canadian TV News on Bush and Iraq: No More Hostile than Top US Network," Policy Options (July-August 2007).

Stephen J. Farnsworth, Blake Andrew, Stuart Soroka and Antonia Maioni. 2007. "The Media: All Horse Race, All the Time," Policy Options (April 2007).

Blake Andrew and Stuart Soroka. 2006. "From Ink-Stained Wretches to Talking Heads: A Short History of the Press Gallery," Policy Options (July-August 2006).

Blake Andrew, Antonia Maioni and Stuart Soroka. 2006. "Just When You Thought It Was Out, Policy Is Pulls Back In," Policy Options (March 2006).

Elizabeth Goodyear-Grant, Antonia Maioni and Stuart Soroka. 2006. "The Role of the Media: A Campaign Saved by a Horserace," Policy Options (September 2004).

Stuart Soroka and Patrick Fournier. 2003. Newspapers in Canada Pilot Study. (A poll of Canadian journalists, reported on in the Globe and Mail).

- Other work on campaign-period media content for Policy Options, Maclean's and elsewhere is available through the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.