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Douglas J. Amy
Douglas Amy is a Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College in South Hadley, Massachusetts. He is a leading expert on electoral voting systems, including proportional representation, redistricting issues in the United States, and the plight of third party candidacies. Government is Good: An Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution, Amy's latest book, spells out the government's crucial role in improving Americans' lives and promoting the public good, and also critiques the right-wing attack on government.

Entries by Douglas J. Amy

Equal Opportunity Won't Reduce Poverty

(55) Comments | Posted February 9, 2014 | 5:59 PM

Poverty is once again on the political agenda in America. And one of the most persistent myths surrounding this issue is that the best way to reduce poverty is to increase equal opportunity. This is a common idea among both liberals and conservatives. Many people believe, for instance, that if...

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The New GOP Plan to Steal the 2016 Presidential Election

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2013 | 12:24 PM

In November, the Republicans used gerrymandering to win the U.S. House of Representatives. Now they want to use it to win the presidency in 2016.

By artfully redrawing district maps, the Republicans were able to win a majority of the House seats in 2012 -- despite the fact that Democratic...

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Why the Republican Party Can't Change

(70) Comments | Posted December 4, 2012 | 9:30 AM

In the wake of the Republicans' election defeat, many commentators have argued that the party must change in significant ways if it is ever to be successful again. Many of their positions have become so radical and nonsensical -- global warming denial, never raising taxes, evolution-bashing, ending Medicare as we...

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Two Ways to Make the Supreme Court More Accountable and Democratic

(6) Comments | Posted June 20, 2012 | 2:29 PM

This coming Monday, the Supreme Court will almost certainly hand down a ruling on Obamacare. No matter what the decision, it will inevitably intensify the debate over the legitimacy of this institution. The Court makes many of the most important policy decisions in our country, yet it is the most...

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The Real Reason for Big Government

(49) Comments | Posted June 8, 2012 | 5:29 PM

The debate over the size of government has been one the major defining issues of our time, with Republicans continuing to call for dramatic cuts in most federal programs. But in this argument over big government, surprisingly little attention has been paid to the question of why government has grown...

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