The Government as Lighthouse

A Summary of Federal Risk Communication Programs
  • Frederick W. Allen
Part of the Contemporary Issues in Risk Analysis book series (CIRA, volume 4)


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.


Environmental Protection Agency Risk Communication Nuclear Regulatory Commission Consumer Product Safety Commission Message Development 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Frederick W. Allen
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  1. 1.Office of Policy AnalysisU. S. Environmental Protection AgencyUSA

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