(1940, Haarlem) is a former Dutch politician (Dutch Labour party). He was mayor of Rotterdam and Home Secretary. He studied social science at the University of Amsterdam. He got his Ph.D. in 1972 in political and social science with a dissertation entitled Formation of Welfare policy: Evolution and Evaluation of Community Work. He was professor of sociology at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam. From 1982-1998 he was mayor of Rotterdam. In 1998 Peper became Home Secretary in the 2nd Cabinet of prime minister Wim Kok. In 2000 he resigned. From 2002 to 2004 he was professor of Public Management at Nyenrode University. Bram Peper published among other thnings: Een dolend land: Over de politieke architectuur van Nederland (oratie, 2002) and Over klefheid en lafheid: Waarheidsvinding, personalisme en consumentisme (2003).(WN2007)
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"The only thing we fear is fear itself", said president Roosevelt. The Netherlands is one of the safest countries in the world. The government does everything to protect us. And yet fear reigns. British sociologist Frank Furedi, writer of among others 'Culture of Fear', says: "Societies capable of projecting a positive image of the future do not know the need to use fear as a currency in everyday life. And politicians trying to enthsue the electorate for a positive programme, largely avoid the politics of fear."
In this Friday afternoon debate Furedi talks to writer and philosopher Marjolijn Februari, writer Adriaan van Dis and former politician Bram Peper. Each of them presents a recommendation to state and citizens, about how to deal with risks and fear. Four students of the Institute of Social Studies, coming from non-western countries, form a shadow panel. In a dialogue with the public they assess the recommendations, adapting them where needed. Host is writer and professor in migrant literature Fouad Laroui. In English