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Compulsory Public Service and the Right to Exit

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This article addresses Michael Blake and Gillian Brock’s DEBATING BRAIN DRAIN. It argues, contra Blake, that the rights to exit may legitimately be subject to delay. It argues, contra Brock, that such delay is better conceived in terms of a general and reciprocal obligation on citizens that takes the form of compulsory public service.


I am grateful to the editor of this issue and to two other referees for helpful comments that have hopefully improved this essay.

Published Online: 2016-2-26
Published in Print: 2016-4-1

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