Actors’ evaluation of major influence components on party policy change
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When the interviewees were asked about the influence components they felt had been most influential in determining their parties’ programmatic reforms in LMP, one of the most prominent responses was that (in addition to responding to the specifics of the domestic LMP situation and agendas chosen by national political opponents in government) both the Labour Party and the SPD looked for new policy ideas and strategies to European social democratic sister parties that were electorally successful.