Reform agendas, policy diffusion and the consequences of intra-party position-taking

The project is focused on the interplay between the preferences of voters, parties and policy reform outcomes that are initiated by significant changes in the economic, societal and technological environment. We seek to study how issues enter the public agenda to become subjects of reform processes, how political parties change their programmatic profile in response to public reform pressure, and whether these reform processes result in significant changes in the status quo. The main contribution of this project is in bridging the hitherto separated literatures on public agenda-setting and electoral competition.