expertise requirements in policy making

One of the fundamental questions regarding the need for information input into policy making processes is that of the assumed correlation between administrative resources and the need for outside information. In a nutshell, this assumption says: because the Commission is a small administration that lack administrative resources it has a greater need for external expertise than – for instance – Member States governments. Thus, the Commission is supposed to be more receptive for lobbying efforts. This assumption, though compelling, certainly needs to be validated under a perspective of a general enquiry into the expertise requirements in policy making.