One of Hans Adam's major goals for many years was to secure voting rights for women. The referendum approving female suffrage coincided with the prince's assumption of executive power in 1984 and was seen as a victory for his position. At the same time, the prince identified two other priorities for his country. The first of these was the introduction of a new code of criminal law to replace the existing one based on nineteenth-century Austrian law. He also sought reform of the tax code, including introduction of an income tax.
In order to preserve the country's economic prosperity, Hans Adam believes that Liechtenstein must continue to rely on a diversified, highly industrialized and technological business mix, especially in light of the limited labor supply.