Douglas J. Amy is Professor of Politics at Mount Holyoke College and author of "Government is Good: An Unapologetic Defense of a Vital Institution." Professor 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. Prior to his interest in electoral systems, Amy concentrated on environmental mediation and policy analysis. In 1987 he published "The Politics of Environmental Mediation." We're thrilled that Professor Amy has agreed to share his work on the importance of government with us at The Winning Words Project. You can find more by Professor Amy at mtholyoak.edu, and his blog, Government Is Good.