Kai Spiekermann | Journal of Politics (preprint)
This article introduces a new way to consider right‐wing populism in Western Europe through practice theory. Historically right‐wing populist parties have not been seen as one homogenous movement, however their populist practices are shown to constitute a transnational challenge to the European political establishment. Building on practice theory, we contribute to the question on how these parties negotiate political competence through transnational practices on three levels: claiming competence through establishing a domain, community building, and practising competence. These levels are explored through three sites of populist practices: Russia, the European Parliament and PEGIDA rallies. Within these sites we will consider the French Front National (FN), Dutch Partij van de Vrijheid (PVV), Austrian Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ) and the German Alternative fürDeutschland (AfD). We argue that in order to better understand contemporary right‐wing populism we ought to not only to consider what it is, but how it is practiced.