In public relations, however, the relationship is a complementary one, in which the law acts as the formulator of the rules of society and public relations serves as the interpreter of them to the people. Beyond that, public relations often can support the law by creating an atmosphere in which the law can more effectively perform its function of protecting the people and preserving the health of society. Perhaps nowhere is this more evident than in the area of air and water pollution control.
Barbara L. Schoonover & David J. Sherriff, Public Relations, Law, and Environmental Pollution, 18 Clev.-Marshall L. Rev. 467 (1969)