and the Party System
In every democratic polity, the makeup of party coalitions is derivative, owing in large part to social structure and social conflict. To know the composition of the major collectivities, and the manner in which they are divided by the ascendant disputes of the day is to know how, inevitably, the populace will come to distribute itself in electoral decisions. It is altogether natural, then, that changes in social structure and social conflict which define the emergence of the postindustrial era in the United States have dramatically altered the party coalitions.
Throughout the New Deal era, the Democrats were possessed of a natural presidential majority. That they have now lost this majority status is due in part to the inability of any political party in the contemporary setting to command sufficiently firm and long-standing loyalties to give it that relative security of ascendancy which "the majorify