The Joint University Council (JUC) and its Public Administration Committee (PAC) is a learned society which dates back to 1918. The JUC was launched at the London School of Economics where esteemed scholars and influential policy activists such as Professors E.J. Urwick and Sidney Webb aimed to establish an institution for coordinating and developing social study. The goal was to create a broad intellectual and institutional base for the study of policy. The JUC and PAC over time played its role as an intellectual society for informing government and the broader public policy and academic community. The JUC and PAC still continue with these endeavours today.
To read more about the history of the JUC and PAC see the article at the following link: http://ppa.sagepub.com/content/22/1/7.full.pdf+html