The Government as Lighthouse
Since early times, certain activities have been undisputed as important functions of governments, such as conducting foreign relations and warfare and managing a monetary system. Another classic function of government has been to operate lighthouses, which can be considered one of the first and archetypical kinds of risk communication. A light or a foghorn indicates that danger is present. The lighthouse provides an interesting analogy for the various risk communication programs that the federal government has developed since the founding of the Republic.
KeywordsEnvironmental Protection Agency Risk Communication Nuclear Regulatory Commission Consumer Product Safety Commission Message Development
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