This summary for the academic publication “Fit for Purpose?” Assessing the Ecological
Fit of the Social Institutions that Globally Govern Antimicrobial Resistance, highlights the need for robust institutions that sustainably manage the social and ecological factors accelerating AMR. It provides 5 design principles for building institutions to better harmonize the relationship between human and microbial ecosystems.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, many leaders said they were “following the science” when making public health decisions. This article fills a gap in existing research by examining how the phrase “following the science” misrepresents the role of scientific evidence in policymaking, the relationship among politicians and public health officials, and the locus of accountability for public health decisions. 

The first systematic review and meta-analysis of international treaties’ impacts, challenges conventional wisdom on the gold standard for countries to make commitments to each other and identifies pathways to make treaties more effective.