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Comment on Brock and Blake: debating brain drain
  1. Phil Cole
  1. Correspondence to Professor Phil Cole; Politics and International Relations, University of the West of England, Bristol BS16 1QY, UK; Phil.Cole{at}


In this response I focus largely on Brock's arguments for the right of developing nations to restrict emigration of health workers. Brock claims that the conditions she specifies for this restriction are fair and reasonable, but I dispute whether it is possible to meet those conditions given fundamental inequalities in power. In the end, there are far more powerful agents than health workers who are responsible for causing and solving the ‘brain drain’ issue.

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