The Formation of the
New Deal Party System
Fundamental changes comprising a shift from one sociopolitical era to another, with an accompanying alteration of the political agenda, are the stuff of which major partisan transformations are made. One such epochal transition was consummated in the Depression years. Among its many consequences for American public life was the structuring of new partisan coalitions. Basic changes were imposed upon the fabric of inter-party policy conflict. The Democrats attained majority status, and the Republicans assumed an unaccustomed place in the U.S. political order— becoming, for the first time in their seventy-year history since formation during the Civil War years, a minority alliance responding to the initiatives of the new majority.
Agenda of the New Deal
The story of the emergence of a distinctively new sociopolitical setting in the 1930s is too long and involved for