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The Social Capital Foundation (TSCF)
Secretariat General

 Contact details
Contact personDr Howard Hughes
StreetPO. BOX 30 
Address 1310 - La Hulpe (Belgium) 
Phone+356 21524662 
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Social Media+ 356 21524662
 Organisation details
Employees (in Depart.)1-10 
Organisation TypeNon profit 
 Research Focus

 Fields of activities:
» History
» Languages and Linguistics
» Literature
» Philosophy
» Religion Studies
» Other humanities
» Anthropology
» Area studies
» Cultural studies
» Ethnic studies
» Economics
» Gender and sexuality studies
» Geography
» Political science
» Psychology
» Security
» Sociology
» Other social sciences
» Computer sciences
» Logic
» Systems sciences
» Other formal sciences
» Architecture and design
» Business and Management
» Divinity studies
» Education (incl. training, pedagogy, didactics)
» Environmental sciences
» Family and consumer service
» Health sciences
» Human physical performance and recreation
» Journalism, mass media and communication
» Law
» Military sciences
» Public affairs
» Social work
» Other applied sciences

 Brief description of your activity focus
Analysis and promotion of social capital

 Details about Expertise / Competences / Technologies
Event planning, academic evaluation, publishing, evaluation systems, research funding & management,
research and development with concrete application of social and human sciences, management systems &
organization development, general management, personal development and growth, career planning &
outplacement, compensation and benefits.
 Research Activities

 EU Framework Programme related activities:
» Changing role of knowledge throughout the economy
» Structural changes in the knowledge economy and society
» Strengthening policy coherence & coordination in Europe
» Socio-economic development trajectories
» Regional, territorial and social cohesion
» Demographic changes
» Societal trends and lifestyles
» Cultural interactions in an international perspective
» Interactions & interdependences between world regions
» Conflicts, peace and human rights
» Participation and citizenship in Europe
» Diversities and commonalities in Europe
» How indicators are used in policy
» Developing better indicators for policy
» Provision of underlying official statistics
» Use of indicators and related approaches for the evaluation of research policies and programmes
» Wide socio-economic foresight on key challenges
» Focused thematic foresight
» Research systems and research policies in Europe
» Blue sky research on issues affecting European S&T
» Mutual learning and co-operation

 International and national projects beyond EU Framework Programme
Patrick Hunout created in 1999 The International Scope Review and in 2002 The Social Capital Foundation.
His theoretical filiation is both in the sociology of Emile Durkheim and Ferdinand Tönnies and in the more
recent contribution of social psychology and cognitive psychology research. A former stage of his work
had shown that judicial decisionmaking is only possible to the extent where judges use, beyond the formal
legal provisions, impersonal and universal values as decision principles - to name these, he coined the term
of global axiological space (1985, 1990). Similarily, his pioneer work on job evaluation (1987b, 1992) showed
that job evaluation methodologies are based on systems of values and that they can be used at corporate
level to promote a common understanding. He later showed steady interest in evaluation methodologies,
not only when they are applied to job responsibility and staff performance, but also to the quality of
research (he thus elaborated the sophisticated TISR scientific evaluation methodology in 2007-2010) or to
the quality of service: in 2011, TSCF created a Rating Department using his Service Quality Scale (SQUAS)
based on reliability and trust, a key concept in social capital theory. His later work (1995-1996, 2003b,
2003c, 2008) explored the formation of what he called a New Leviathan, around the hypothesis that the
upper class of society seeks to build a new order based on less equality and less democracy. His approach,
in the form of a structural model that can evoke the analyses of Michel Foucault, suggests that, contrary
to a common view, the strategies carried forward by the New Leviathan link intimately the economic,
ethnic, and interpersonal fields. These strategies consist in developing economic flexibility and
precariousness, promoting migrations and a multiethnic society, and pushing forward individualist, hedonist
and consumerist values. In a last resort, they design a weak society, enslaved to market values and to
governmental controls rendered necessary by the increasing incapacity of an atomized social body to
manage itself. The strategies carried forward by the ruling class explain most contemporary difficulties; if
they would be inverted, a huge improvement would follow. His collectivistic, communitarian inspiration re-
emerges when he suggests, to counter the strategies of New Leviathan, policies developing a democratic
middle-class centered society, promoting an equitable share of wealth, protecting cultural identity against
mass migrations, and strengthening shared values within the social body. These orientations are at the
heart of the action of The Social Capital Foundation.

TSCF has created and edited The International Scope Review (1999-2009) and has set up the 2004 Brussels
conference on the Future of Family (Brussels, May 11-13, 2004), the 2005 Malta I Conference on Social
Capital (Buggiba, September 20-22, 2005), the 2006 Plovdiv Seminar on the Risk Society (Plovdiv, June 16-18,
2006), the 2007 Hawaii conference on Ethnic Diversity and Social Capital (Waikiki, November 15-19, 2007),
the 2008 Malta II conference on Social Inclusion (Buggiba, September 19-22, 2008), the 2010 Malta III
conference on Social Capital in Practice (Mellieha, May 7-10, 2010) and the 2011 conference on the World
Economic Crisis and the Social Transformations (Mellieha, 2-5 November 2011). TSCF has supported the 2009
Sweden conference on Urban Policies and Social Capital (Lidköping, September 24-26, 2009).

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