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Which one is better?

There is a deep gap between morality in personal conduct of the officials and the public expectation for it.


There is a deep gap between the behavior of the officials and the public expectation for it.

I doubt that the expression “morality in one’s conduct” is redundant. It occurs to me that behavior and expectation can be a pair to form a good contrast.

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Conduct is as defined in service rules for officials. It cannot be equated to 'behavior' as such. The original sentence is correct. – Kris Jan 11 '14 at 6:52
The original sentence is most certainly not correct. There is at a minimum either a missing the before morality or a missing the before personal conduct. Also, the it is too ambiguous for the sentence to make a strong claim. – virmaior Jan 11 '14 at 15:23

No, not really. "Morality in conduct of" does not follow the common understanding of the word, which is a nullable binary state which is either "moral" or "immoral" based on if the person adheres to the basic standard of civilized decency. (They could possibly be "ammoral", if they were ignorant of said basic standard due to being artificial or mentally impaired.)

A better expression is "morality of", which does not imply that morality is a flexable status. By example:

There is a deep gap between [the] morality of the officials and the public expectation.

Of course, if you want to imply that a speaker is less than truthful, you could use your construction to do so.

The official claimed he had "morality in the conduct of his official duties", but the numerous scandals over his personal affairs call that into question.

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