Communicating Risks to the Public

International Perspectives

  • Roger E. Kasperson
  • Pieter Jan M. Stallen

Part of the Technology, Risk, and Society book series (RISKGOSO, volume 4)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. Introduction

    1. Roger E. Kasperson, Pieter Jan M. Stallen
      Pages 1-12
  3. Risk Communication Practices

  4. Research perspectives on risk communication practices

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 125-125
    2. Judith Lichtenberg, Douglas MacLean
      Pages 157-173
    3. Ortwin Renn, Debra Levine
      Pages 175-217
    4. David B. McCallum, Laurel Anderson
      Pages 237-262
  5. New approaches and methods

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 325-325
    2. John Sorensen, Dennis Mileti
      Pages 367-392
    3. José Van Eijndhoven
      Pages 393-412
    4. Gordon Hester, M. Granger Morgan, Indira Nair, Keith Florig
      Pages 413-455
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 482-482

About this book


Risk communication: the evolution of attempts Risk communication is at once a very new and a very old field of interest. Risk analysis, as Krimsky and Plough (1988:2) point out, dates back at least to the Babylonians in 3200 BC. Cultures have traditionally utilized a host of mecha­ nisms for anticipating, responding to, and communicating about hazards - as in food avoidance, taboos, stigma of persons and places, myths, migration, etc. Throughout history, trade between places has necessitated labelling of containers to indicate their contents. Seals at sites of the ninth century BC Harappan civilization of South Asia record the owner and/or contents of the containers (Hadden, 1986:3). The Pure Food and Drug Act, the first labelling law with national scope in the United States, was passed in 1906. Common law covering the workplace in a number of countries has traditionally required that employers notify workers about significant dangers that they encounter on the job, an obligation formally extended to chronic hazards in the OSHA's Hazard Communication regulation of 1983 in the United States. In this sense, risk communication is probably the oldest way of risk manage­ ment. However, it is only until recently that risk communication has attracted the attention of regulators as an explicit alternative to the by now more common and formal approaches of standard setting, insuring etc. (Baram, 1982).


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Editors and affiliations

  • Roger E. Kasperson
    • 1
  • Pieter Jan M. Stallen
    • 2
  1. 1.C.E.N.T.E.D.Clark UniversityWorcesterUSA
  2. 2.Institute for Environment and Systems AnalysisAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1991
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-7372-1
  • Online ISBN 978-94-009-1952-5
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