ABSTRACT

This chapter focuses on to undertake an examination of the question: Have we begun to see the emergence of new coalitions that will affect the political dynamics of the American electoral system? It foresees the emerging of a grand coalition of those left behind in the administration's economic blueprint—youth, more affluent upper-middle and higher income groups disturbed by growing signs of social pathology, and those concerned about our hawkish military and foreign policy. The chapter reviews the constituent elements as a "Grand Coalition" will initially develop separately. But with the attenuation of party loyalties that we have witnessed in recent years, it will eventually bring together not only Independents, but will draw off many nominal Republicans and Democrats as well. It believes there is the potential that this socioeconomic group could desert its traditional moorings in the Democratic party if an alternative is found.