Social Affairs Unit
|Social Affairs Unit|
|Type||Social policy think tank|
|Headquarters||London, United Kingdom|
The Social Affairs Unit is a right-leaning think tank in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1980 as an offshoot of the Institute of Economic Affairs, it publishes books on a variety of social issues. Its website notes that "many SAU supporters are inclined to believe that the generation which fought the Second World War were rather too keen on social engineering over the goals of personal responsibility".
The Unit publishes Standpoint (since 2008), a monthly cultural and political newsstand magazine edited by Daniel Johnson, and sponsors various websites: living issues, The Black History Museum, Chernobyl Legacy, and direct-action.info.
The Social Affairs Unit was established in December 1980 as an offshoot of the Institute of Economic Affairs, in order to carry the IEA's economic ideas onto the battleground of sociology. "Within a few years the Social Affairs Unit became independent from the IEA, acquiring its own premises." Founded in 1980 as a registered charity, its founder Chairman was Professor Julius Gould, and its founder Director, Dr. Digby Anderson. Anderson often contributed leading articles to UK national newspapers, was Director from 1980 to 2004, when he retired and was succeeded by Michael Mosbacher.
Advisory Council 
- Dr. Digby Anderson
- Dr. Alejandro Chafuen
- Professor Christie Davies
- Professor Adrian Furnham
- Professor Jacques Garello
- Professor Nathan Glazer
- Dr. Simon Green[disambiguation needed]
- Professor Leonard Liggio
- Professor David Martin[disambiguation needed]
- Professor Antonio Martino
- Professor Michael Novak
- John O'Sullivan[disambiguation needed]
See also 
- Diet Nation: Exposing the Obesity Crusade, by John Luik, Patrick Basham, and Gio Gori. Social Affairs Unit, December 2006.
- it is "commonly described as a right wing 'think-tank'". M. E. Tasker; D. E. Packham, "Freedom, funding and the future of the universities", Studies in Higher Education, Volume 15, Issue 2 1990, pages 181 - 195. p190
- Social Affairs Unit, About Us, accessed 9 August 2010
- Muller, Christopher (1996), "The institute of economic affairs: Undermining the post-war consensus", Contemporary British History, Volume 10, Issue 1 Spring 1996, pages 88 - 110. p102
- Social Affairs Unit, Charity Commission, charity number 281530
- Digby Anderson, Social Affairs Unit Why oldies should be amused and amusing February 24, 2005], Accessed May 2, 2008
- Legacy Tobacco Documents Library  
- This article uses content from the SourceWatch article on Social Affairs Unit under the terms of the GFDL.
- The Social Affairs Unit official site