Social Affairs Unit
Social Affairs Unit is a group of 'independent' individuals that study various cultural, social and economic issues, with an "emphasis on the value of personal responsibility". They are compiled of a group of educated individuals, namely historians, sociologists, philosophers, doctors and 'hard scientists' who according to their website "identify research with a potential to inform public policy and translate it from academic discourse into public debate".
In its early years it was interested in 'critical evaluation' of the welfare state and it boasts how many of the ideas such a parental accountability and local autonomy within education have made their mark on policy today. Ironically these issues are the 'hot' issues today!
According to the SAU in 2002:
- The SAU is an independent research and educational trust committed to the promotion of lively and wide-ranging debate on social affairs. Its authors, (over 200), have analyzed the factors which make for a free and orderly society in which enterprise can flourish. It is committed to international co-operation in ideas: e.g. Health Lifestyle and Environment: Countering the Panic with the Manhattan Institute, a forthcoming Anglo-French project on food and alcohol policy, and The Loss of Virtue: Moral Confusion and Social Disorder in Britain and America, also published as a National Review book in the USA, which won the 1994 Sir Antony Fisher Memorial Award for the best book from a think-tank. Current areas of work include consumer affairs, the critical appraisal of welfare and public spending and problems of freedom and personal responsibility. original urlWeb archive versions
International Advisory Council
- Dr. Digby Anderson
- Dr. Alejandro Chafuen
- Professor Christie Davies
- Professor Adrian Furnham
- Professor Jacques Garello
- Professor Nathan Glazer
- Dr. Simon Green
- Professor Leonard Liggio
- Dr. Theodore Malloch
- Professor David Martin
- Professor Antonio Martino
- Professor Michael Novak
- John O’Sullivan
- Dr. Geoffrey Partington
- Dr. Arthur Seldon CBE
- Jeremy Black
- Lilian Pizzichini
- Myles Harris
- Richard D North
- Harry Phibbs
- Douglas Murray
- Peter Mullen
The Social Affairs Unit 314-322 Regent St London, W1B 5SA Tel: 020 7637 4356 Fax: 020 7436 8530
Apparently an independent organisation and corporate intervention free, it was originally founded and encouraged by the neo-liberal Institute of Economic Affairs and remained linked to it until 2005 in the form of the recently deceased Arthur Seldon, former joint founding president of the Institute.
Social Affairs Unit website is organised by a blogging company called 'tbbc: the Big Blog' that manages blogging sites for Ideal Government, Stephen Pollard, Economics UK and Adam Smith Institute as well as the Social Affairs Unit.
Examples of their articles can be viewed  and tend to contradict their wish to talk about issues that can be translated to all since they are on rather obscure political and scientific research. Furthermore, their very name suggests a slightly elitist membership since its not so easy to research a social affairs unit!
- A New Diet of Reason: Healthy eating and government policy 1983-1995 David Conning ISBN 0 907631 64 9 £5.00
- Violence, Disorder and Incivility in British Hospitals: The Case for Zero Tolerance (Research Reports), by Theodore Dalrymple, 2002, ISBN 0907631975.
- Neoconservatism: Why We Need It, by Douglas Murray, 2005, 1904863051.
- From Rushdie to 7/7: The Radicalisation of Islam in Britain, by Anthony McRoy, 2005, ISBN 1904863094.
- When Students Turn to Terror: Terrorist and Extremist Activity on British Campuses, by Anthony Glees and Chris Pope, 2005, ISBN 1904863078.
- Anti-Totalitarianism: The Left Wing Case for a Neoconservative Foreign Policy, by Oliver Kamm, 2006, ISBN 190486306X
- The Dotted Red Line: Britain's Defence Policy in the Modern World, by Jeremy Black, 2006, ISBN 1904863132
- The British Moment: The Case for Democratic Geopolitics in the Twenty-First Century, Manifesto of the Henry Jackson Society, 2006, ISBN 1904863159
- Warning: Immigration Can Seriously Damage Your Wealth, by by Anthony Scholefield, 2007,ISBN 1904863256
- The Holocaust, by Jeremy Black, 2008, ISBN 1904863272
- Brother Tariq: The Doublespeak of Tariq Ramadan, by Caroline Fourest, with a foreword by Denis MacShane, 2008, ISBN 1904863264
- The Disrespect Agenda: Or How the Wrong Kind of Niceness Is Making Us Weak and Unhappy, by Lincoln Allison, Forthcoming, 2008, ISBN 1904863302