Neither America nor Britain could stand by and watch their economies disintegrate. There are many flaws and false assumptions in such a chain of understanding. The banking crash and the intrinsic problems of the economic systems were replaced in and lo public agenda with other issues allegedly requiring urgent solutions — and the media other than the bankers being the target of political action Briant et al.
But now, advertising is also a part of greater PR Activities. But the most important reason for genuine engagement with citizens remains that of legitimising, in the strong sense articulated by Habermas, the decisions and policies that governments finally settle upon.
They should possess the capacity to defer immediate needs or personal preferences in the interests of longer term benefits or outcomes, or the public good.