GSL Publishes study on overcoming the AMR commitment-compliance gap

Title card for Global Public Health journal article

On July 4, GSL Research Fellow Isaac Weldon and GSL Director Steven Hoffman published a study in Global Public Health on how lessons from International Relations theory could help us overcome the commitment-compliance gap in the realm of AMR.

In the article, the authors show that in 2015, 196 countries boldly committed to address global antimicrobial resistance (AMR); but that five years later, progress reports suggest the implementation of AMR activities is vastly below what was initially promised. Since this commitment-compliance gap is far from unique to AMR, Weldon and Hoffman looked into lessons from international relations theory to see what could be applicable to AMR.

In order to bridge the commitment-compliance gap the authors suggest that leaders should:

  1. frame incentives to maximize interests for action;

  2. pursue enforcement mechanisms to induce state behaviour;

  3. emphasize building a culture of trust by providing mutual assurance for action;

  4. include mechanisms for managing poor performers; and

  5. find opportunities for continual social learning.

Additionally, agreements should be designed with flexibility, data sharing, and dispute settlement mechanisms and provide financial and technical assistance to states with less capacity to deliver.

Read the full article here.

This is Isaac Weldon’s first peer-reviewed publication as first author. We all, at the Global Strategy Lab would like to congratulate him on this achievement and are sure this is the first of many more to come


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