How can one make state administrative systems interesting, embody an abstract public ethos and give heroism to homogeneity? The discipline of literature and bureaucracy dismisses Weber's 'neurocrat'. Milton, Trollope and Hare are case studies on implementing the 'what if' visions literature explored during a period of great change in public service
CERI SULLIVAN was a chartered accountant for NGOs and parastatal organisations, in Britain and across sub-Saharan Africa. She is currently a Professor of English literature in north Wales, researching the ways in which sustainable governance draws on the rhetoric of the public sphere, in imaginative representations in and of government institutions.