Douglas J. Amy

Professor Emeritus of Politics
Debate over size of government; response to attacks on government; reforms to make government more democratic; voting systems; proportional representation

Douglas Amy is a leading expert on electoral voting systems, including proportional representation, redistricting issues in the United States, and the plight of third party candidacies. His books on this subject include Behind the Ballot Box: A Citizen's Guide to Voting Systems (2000) and Real Choices, New Voices: How Proportional Representation Elections Could Revitalize American Democracy (2002), which won the George H. Hallett Award from the American Political Science Association. 

Amy's most recent book is Government Is Good: An Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution (2011)—based on his website of the same name. The book and website detail government's crucial role in improving Americans' lives and promoting the public good. Amy also takes on the major criticisms of government put forward by the anti-government movement and shows that most are exaggerated or just plain wrong. He argues that democratic government is one of the main ways we work together to pursue the common good and make the world a better place, and he concludes that “if we want an America that is prosperous, healthy, secure, well-educated, just, compassionate, and unpolluted, we need a strong, active, and well-funded public sector.”

News Links

  • "Professor:Israeli voting system benefits women," Office of Communications and Marketing, March 20, 2015
  • "Amy: Ending Poverty Requires Government Aid," The Valley Advocate, March 12, 2014
  • "MHC's Amy: GOP Cuts Hurt U.S. Science," The Valley Advocate, October 02, 2013
  • "Jolting the mind for action," The Nader Page, July 11, 2012
  • "The Real Reason for Big GovernmentHuffington Post, June 8, 2012
  • "Amy Argues for Government's Key Role," Office of Communications, March 13, 2012
  • "Amy Featured in LSU's Daily Reveille," Isureveille, August 23, 2011
  • "The price of ignorance about government," The Providence Journal, April8,2011
  • "Tea Party's wrong about big government," Times Union,August 4, 2010
  • "L.A. Times: MHC's Doug Amy on Oscar Changes," Los Angeles Times, June 26, 2009
  • "Adventures in Web Publishing," Inside Highered, June 18, 2009
  • "Who Needs Big Government?" You, February 3, 2009
  • "Doug Amy on the Voting Process in 2008," Office of Communications, November 10, 2008
  • "Valley experts consider win, road ahead,", November 6, 2008
  • "MHC's Amy on Government Policies, Workers," Office of Communications, July 30, 2008
  • "Stop Treating Americans Like Beggars," Providence Journal, July 22, 2008
  • "Doug Amy Opines on the Credit Crisis and Government," Seattle Post-Intelligencer and the Cleveland Plain Dealer, April 8, 2008
  • "In Our Opinion: The Power of Government," Office of Communications, November 8, 2007
  • "NYT Blog: Doug Amy Web Site," New York Times, October 24, 2007
  • "MHC Prof's Web Site: Government Is Good!," Office of Communications, September 17, 2007
  • "Voter-rights Suit on Firm Historical Ground," Office of Communications, March 10, 2006
  • "Bush's Strategy To Hobble Government," Office of Communications, March 10, 2006
  • "Scandal, Scandal Everywhere," Office of Communications, March 10, 2006
  • "Professor Discusses the Lobbying Scandal," Office of Communications, February 22, 2006
  • "Scandal, Scandal Everywhere," Sunday Republican, February 12, 2006
  • "MHC Professor Criticizes Bush's Top Appointments," Hartford Courant, September 18, 2005
  • "Voter-rights Suit on Firm Historical Ground," Sunday Republican, April 17, 2005
  • "'Making Democracy Work' Panel to Continue Fall Focus on American Democracy," College Street Journal, October 13, 2000
  • "A Matter of Proportion: Voting Your Conscience Doesn't Have to Be Risky Business," College Street Journal, October 27, 2000

Recent Campus News

Dean of Faculty Jon Western (far left) and Acting President Sonya Stephens (far right) present the Faculty Awards to (from left) Douglas Amy and Kavita Khory (politics), Peter Scotto (Russian) and Michael Davis (art history).

Four professors receive annual faculty awards

Mount Holyoke professors of art history, politics, international relations and Russian were honored for their outstanding teaching and scholarship.  


Recent Mentions in the Media

Recent Publications

Amy, D. J. (2020, August 14). Second-Rate Democracy.