I've recently learned that there's a field called "Science of Science Policy", parsed as [Science of [Science Policy]] rather than [[Science of Science] Policy]. The Wikipedia article on the subject says that
The science of science policy (SoSP) is an emerging interdisciplinary research area that seeks to develop theoretical and empirical models of the scientific enterprise. This scientific basis can be used to help government, and society in general, make better R&D management decisions by establishing a scientifically rigorous, quantitative basis from which policy makers and researchers may assess the impacts of the Nation’s scientific and engineering enterprise, improve their understanding of its dynamics, and assess the likely outcomes. Examples of research in the science of science policy include models to understand the production of science, qualitative and quantitative methods to estimate the impact of science, and processes for choosing from alternative science portfolios.
The same article also observes that
The federal government of the United States has long been a supporter of SoSP.
In other words, the federal government has a Science of Science Policy policy.
And this policy, like other policies, can change over time — John Marburger, the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy under President George W. Bush, was strongly in favor of SoSP, but others might have different views. This variation in Science of Science Policy policy is sure to have impacts on the enterprise of science and its social effects. So we will surely need to found a discipline to study these impacts: the Science of Science of Science Policy Policy.