This volume is the second of a series. The first volume, entitled The Development of the Legislative Council, 1606-1945, is a general introduction to the subject and gives a brief account of the long and somewhat complex historical evolution of the council and also a general survey of the forms it takes in the dependencies to-day. The second book will therefore gain from being read in succession to the first. Both studies have been written by Mr. Martin Wight. He will supply his own preface to this volume but it rests with the editor to explain how this series came to be written; what are its purpose and scope and why the Gold Coast was chosen for the initial study. The first two of these questions were treated at some length in my introduction to Volume I and they will therefore be dealt with very briefly here.
The series was planned in 1941 as a contribution to the constitutional study of the British colonial empire, a rich subject which has been rather surprisingly neglected by its constitutionally-minded rulers. It was already clear in 1941 that the war was likely to force the pace of colonial political developments and so give this subject an immediately practical as well as an academic interest. A generous grant from the Trustees of the Higher Studies Fund of the University of Oxford provided the means for this and for other projects of colonial research. The grant was administered by Nuffield College. The task was one that was especially appropriate to the Founder's purpose which was the study of contemporary political and economic questions through the co-operation between those with academic and those with practical knowledge. Very considerable and most unselfish help was, indeed, given to the research staff by those with experience of the various aspects of colonial affairs studied under this scheme, and to Mr. Wight's acknowledgements I must add, as Editor, my warmest thanks to those who helped in this way.
The College appointed a Colonial Research Committee to supervise the project. War-time conditions made continuity of membership difficult and, in the following list of members, dates have been added to give the periods of those whose other duties made continuous membership impossible.
The Warden (Sir Henry Clay); Dr. A. J. Brown (1944-5); Professor G. D. H. Cole (1941-4); Professor Sir Reginald Coupland; Professor A. G. B. Fisher (1942-3); Professor C. D. Forde (1944-5); Lord Hailey (1941-2); The Master of Balliol (Lord Lindsay) (1941-4); Professor D. H. Macgregor (1942-5); Miss Margery Perham; Sir Alan Pim.
The College commissioned me to draw up plans and direct the re-