The South Korean left and the election
I saw you edited the Justice Party article, so thought you might be able to answer a few questions about the SK left. The three parties Justice merged with in 2015 were they to their left? And was it micro parties, or bigger groups. It seems that they after a Third Way period 2013-15 went to the left in 2015. Why was that? Did the trade unions interfere?
I saw the Greens ran candidates in at least three constituencies. Were there other left wing parties than Justice, who ran a list in the elections? If so how did they do? It would be great if we could break down the "other" category in the election result and divide on parties. Were could you get these numbers? Regards.--Batmacumba (talk) 10:13, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
Well, I dunno if I'm qualified enough to answer these questions, but here it goes:
1) People's Meeting (국민의 모임), Labor Politics Coalition ( 노동정치 모임), Progressive+ (진보결집+) all has different origins and ideological backgrounds. People's Meeting was tentative title for the new moderate progressive party led by Chung Dong-young. It didn't went beyond 'planning committee' stage. Chung Dong-young left People's Meeting in July 2015, and the remaining members of the planning committee around ~ 40 people joined. Most of them being quite prominent university professors and NGO workers. Bringing in Labor Politics Coalition was Justice Party's effort to increase their clout in the labor unions in Korea. They are coalition of 7 different labor groups working in local scenes, their ideologies ranging from trotskyism to ceter-left trade unionism. They brought in around 3,000 members. Finally, Progressive+ is a breakaway from the Labor Party (South Korea) led by then party leader Na Gyung-che. There was huge discussion on whether Labor party should merge with the Justice party, and when the resolution failed to pass in the party congress, large number of Labor party delegates (including the leader) broke away from the party and formed Progressive+. They added around 3-4,000 memebers to the party.
2) The party was anguishing under low support during 2013-2014, ranging from 1-3%, the dismal performance of the local election in 2014 gave party leader impetus for 'progressive coalition', which materialized with merger of aforementioned 3 groups. They also became only left-wing party in the national assembly after Unified Progressive Party was forcibly closed down by the government. The party wanted to show clear contrast to Minjoo Party of Korea and get the backing of Korean Confederation of Trade Unions before the election in 2016. So they turned to the left, absorbing Progressive+ and Labor Politics Coalition were part of that effort.
3) There are Green Party Korea, Labor Party (South Korea), People's United Party (South Korea). They all did pretty terribly and failed to win single seats. People's United Party (South Korea) is widely believed -and it pretty much is- as an effort by remnants of Unified Progressive Party to return to political prominence. They all ran the list, including other 15 miscellaneous non-left wing parties. You can see the result at the Korean version of the article: . I don't believe there is an English data atm.