A discussion of how inclusive governance, bilingualism and consensus politics has led to conflict reduction in Finland and South Tirol. These cases of success in dealing with minorities living proximate to kin states are then discussed in relation to the case of linguistic minorities living in Slovakia. The three states are then discussed in relation to Schnecker’s requirements for successful power-sharing. It is understood that inclusion and recognition of difference are key to successful minority/majority relations.
Key words: Linguistic minorities, inclusive governance, power-sharing, South Tirol, Finland, bilingualism, language policy, regional autonomy.